Vertonghen bid could see Tottenham step up chase for £15m Ajax star

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

The Belgian defender has been linked with a move to Barcelona this week in a move that may prompt Tottenham to bid for Joel Veltman.

In the game of transfer market musical chairs currently being played out in the Premier League and across the world Tottenham Hotspur are in danger of being the odd ones out unless they can table a concrete offer for highly-rated youngster Joel Veltman.

The 22-year-old defender has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane for several months, though recent weeks have seen Arsenal reportedly enter the race to sign the Dutchman who is part of Louis van Gaal’s Oranje squad at the World Cup in Brazil.

And if those behind the scenes at Spurs are serious about pushing for Champions League qualification next season, Veltman could be an essential signing for the Lilywhites, who are already in danger of losing one defender in the form of Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian has been linked with a number of clubs in the last few months, including Manchester United but with the Red Devils unable to offer Vertonghen European football, and currently in a state of transition themselves, Tottenham would have felt confident about keeping the defender.

That confidence could now have ebbed away amid reports suggesting Barcelona have now re-entered the race to sign the 27-year-old, who largely impressed at the World Cup with Belgium.

According to Talksport the Spurs stalwart is back on Barca’s radar, with the Catalan club keen to add defensive reinforcements to their ranks following Carlos Puyol’s departure and looking to turn their previously rumoured interest into something more concrete..

Likely to go for a significant fee if a bid is tabled, Spurs would be wise to pre-empt any move with a bid for Veltman, who is available for around £15 million.

A fast and strong centre-back coming off the back of a breakthrough season with the Amsterdam giants, during which he won top honours in the Eredivisie, the price tag attached to the 22-year-old is only likely to increase – giving Tottenham another reason to ramp up their efforts to sign the star.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch