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<b>Jan Vertonghen</b><br/>
Ajax captain and Belgian international Vertonghen has been linked with a transfer to England or Spain for some time now. The 24-year-old has been converted into a centre-back for the Dutch giants but is equally adept at left-back or as a defensive midfielder who can also play as a deep-lying playmaker. Vertonghen would adapt to the Arsenal style of play comfortably whilst the presence of former teammate Thomas Vermaelen would help. A move this month is highly unlikely as the player has no desire to discuss a move until the end of the season.

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<b>Jan Vertonghen</b><br/>
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen helped Ajax win the Eredivisie title last season and is due to face Manchester United in the Europa League in February. But, Newcastle are allegedly preparing a £10m bid for the player who was initially signed to replace Thomas Vermaelen for the Dutch giants. The Belgian international has 35 caps and is under contract at Ajax till 2013.

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Louis van Gaal

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Frank de Boer had been linked with the vacancy

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Ajax coach Frank de Boer has rejected an approach to discuss the vacant manager's job at Liverpool.

<b>Jan Vertonghen</b><br/>
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Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen is hoping the Amsterdammers do not price him out of a move to Tottenham this summer.

Frank de Boer leads Ajax to Eredivisie title after overcoming injuries and boardroom disputes

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Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

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One of the best things about history is that it so regularly submits itself for revision – and never more arrestingly than in Barcelona this week, when the damage to one ultimate superstar's reputation (yes, Lionel Messi's) was maybe balanced by the recall of the great strength of another whose playing career ended 28 years ago.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff at 65 can still teach the magical Lionel Messi a thing or two

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Kenny Dalglish met with owner John W Henry yesterday

Liverpool bin weekly magazine as John W Henry continues to make cuts at Anfield

The root-and-branch American review of operations at Liverpool, which was being personally supervised on Merseyside by principal owner John W Henry yesterday, has led to the club ditching its popular weekly club magazine in favour of a monthly publication, to be published by the same London company which produces Manchester United's magazine and match programme.

PSG could offer Luis Suarez European football

Luis Suarez hopeful Liverpool luck will improve next season

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes the team have been unlucky rather than wasteful in front of goal and is hopeful their fortune will change next season.

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