Vertonghen: I'm ready for the Premier League


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Tottenham Hotspur are set to complete the signing of the Ajax captain, Jan Vertonghen, after the north London club announced it had agreed terms yesterday.

Spurs have been tracking the Belgium defender since last season as he helped Ajax win their second consecutive Eredivisie title. Vertonghen is due to undergo a medical at White Hart Lane this week before completing a deal.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical," a club statement read.

Vertonghen said: "I'm 25 and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I think I'm ready for the club."

The Belgian will bolster a Spurs central defence that has been weakened by the departure of Ryan Nelsen and the likely retirement of the long-serving club captain, Ledley King.

Vertonghen is the second signing since the former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas took over at Spurs this month, after the arrival of Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who impressed at Swansea City last season while on loan from Hamburg.