CONFIRMED: Ajax admit Eriksen given permission to speak to Tottenham

With Gareth Bale’s impending transfer to Real Madrid, Spurs are closing in on the talented Denmark international to replace him in north London.

Tottenham fans will be sad to see main man Gareth Bale leave this summer, with his switch to Real Madrid looking all but done. However, the White Hart Lane faithful will be mightily impressed and happy with the way Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini have conducted their transfer business over the summer in a bid to replace the Welsh attacker.

With a deal for Roma’s Erik Lamela in place and set to be confirmed in the next 48 hours, another international attacking midfielder of real quality could well be on the verge of moving to north London also.

Tottenham have been linked with Ajax’s creative dynamo Christian Eriksen for some time now, but the Dutch club have confirmed that negotiations over a transfer have started.

"Yes, Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham," Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf.

"There is no agreement yet until it's signed.

"Obviously, if it happens, we won't be happy at all to lose him but he only has a year left on his contract."

Eriksen’s former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen has played a part in trying to convince the Scandinavian to move to Spurs, saying that the move would be ideal for both parties.

"He is a good guy," the Belgian defender said. "I played with him for four years and he is a good player."

Reports are suggesting that there is some negotiation still to be concluded, with the transfer fee a key issue. Spurs are thought to have tabled an offer in the region of £8 million, while the Eredivisie side are holding out for an amount closer to £12m.

However, Overmars’ comments do not mean that Eriksen will move to White Hart Lane and Spurs fans should not jump the gun after seeing Willian opt for a switch to Chelsea instead of coming to White Hart Lane.

Despite this, should Eriksen be added to the Tottenham squad, it will be a fantastic piece of business. A very different type of player to say a Bale or Lamela, the 21-year-old has the technical ability and creative skills to be a real star in the Premier League.

Few would argue that Eriksen is one of the brightest talents in the European game at the moment, and to land him for a fee in the region of £8-12m is an outstanding piece of business – he is worth a lot more.

For Spurs Eriksen would operate in the number 10 role directly behind Roberto Soldado and add guile and the necessary link up play between the midfield and forward lines that has been missing in Tottenham’s two opening games this season.

Although it has not happened yet, Eriksen’s addition to the Spurs squad has the potential to be the final piece in the jigsaw and an inspired bit of business by the north London club.

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