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Blackburn's friendly against Dutch side NEC Nijmegen cancelled for fear of football violence

Blackburn's pre-season friendly with Dutch club NEC Nijmegen scheduled for this afternoon has been cancelled due to the threat of fan violence.

Vertonghen looking forward playing for Spurs

New signing Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham can push for the Premier League title this season.

Vlaar held talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert over the weekend

Feyenoord captain Ron Vlaar excited by switch to Aston Villa

Holland international Ron Vlaar is excited at a possible switch to Aston Villa.

Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen

Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen due for medical at Tottenham

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

Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa complete deal for Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa have signed midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

<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.

Jan Vertonghen transfer to Tottenham falls through

Jan Vertonghen is reported to be on his way back to Amsterdam for pre-season training with Ajax after a potential deal Tottenham Hotspur collapsed.

Dutch put faith in youth to boost defence

Attack may be the best form of defence for Holland after their coach Bert van Marwijk turned to an 18-year-old newcomer, Jetro Willems, to fill the troublesome left-back position.

Frank de Boer had been linked with the vacancy

Ajax coach Frank de Boer vows to 'stay loyal' following approach from Liverpool

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

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic set to quit as Croatia manager after Euro 2012

Slaven Bilic has announced that he will step down as coach of Croatia's national team after Euro 2012.

<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.

Tottenham transfer target Jan Vertonghen hoping Ajax can agree deal

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

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has led the club to their 31st Eredivisie title, his second championship triumph in just 16 months at the Dutch giants.

Ismail Aissati netted for the defending champions

Ajax thrash Heerenveen to extend lead at the top of the Dutch league

Siem de Jong scored a hat trick as Ajax beat Heerenveen 5-0 to take a three-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie.

PSV lift Dutch Cup after comfortable victory

PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 to lift the Dutch Cup yesterday, just weeks after former captain Philip Cocu took over as manager of the club.

Steve McClaren rules himself out of FA technical director reckoning

Former England manager Steve McClaren has no intention of becoming the Football Association's new technical director.

Fred Rutten during his last game in charge of PSV against NAC Breda

Phillip Cocu replaces Fred Rutten at PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven have sacked coach Fred Rutten following poor recent form which has threatened their title hopes.

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