Summer Transfer Window: Tottenham Reach an Argeement for Ajax's Jan Vertonghen

Russell HughesContributor IIIJuly 8, 2012

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 02:  Jan Vertonghen of Ajax in action during the Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and VVV Venlo at Amsterdam Arena on May 2, 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Centre-back Jan Vertonghen is close to finalising a permanent move to Tottenham, according to the BBC.

One of the original transfer sagas of this year's transfer window is set to draw to a close, with the Spurs agreeing to an undisclosed fee for the player. The amount paid could be around the £12 million mark, as that's what the Dutch giants were holding out for.

The Belgian, who was awarded the 2011-2012 Dutch Player of the Year award, will bring Tottenham some much-needed cover, as King and Nelsen are not longer at the club. The 6'2", 79-kg defender is good in the air and possesses a decent turn of pace. He made 220 appearances for Ajax, and scored 10 goals for them last year.

A statement on the club's official website reads:

We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical. The 2011/12 campaign was the Belgium international's most successful season to date—being named Ajax captain at the start and going on to lead the Dutch side to their second straight league title.

Vertonghen joins Sigurdsson as the second big-money signing for Tottenham. The team are sending signals of intent with their transfer business so far, and there are indications that they are far from finished.