Jan Vertonghen wanted by Bayer Leverkusen as speculation continues over Tottenham defender's future


German side Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly exploring the possibility of signing Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen before the close of the European transfer window on Monday.

The 32-year-old signed for Spurs from Ajax in 2012 and has been a hugely important part of the first-team ever since, making 285 appearances for the club in all competitions.

However, he has not played in any of Tottenham’s opening three Premier League games, with rumours all is not well behind the scenes between him and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and at the moment it does not look likely he will sign a new one any time soon.

Jan Vertonghen has not played a minute for Tottenham so far this season

Therefore there is a chance Spurs will be happy for him to move on, especially if he is no longer a part of Pochettino’s plans, and German publication Kicker believe Leverkusen are readying a move for the Belgian international.

Leverkusen have so far made four new signings over the summer, with the likes of left-back Daley Sinkgraven joining from Ajax and Moussa Diaby signing from PSG.

They have got off to a good start to the new Bundesliga season, winning two games out of two, and can also offer Vertonghen Champions League football, and will face Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D.

There are rumours that Vertonghen’s relationship with Mauricio Pochettino has soured

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With just four days remaining until the end of the European transfer window time is running out if the German side are to make a move, and Spurs fans will no doubt be watching with interest to see if Vertonghen is involved in Sunday’s huge north London derby against Arsenal .

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Serge Aurier is another Spurs defender whose future in uncertain, with some reports that he will not play against Arsenal despite fellow right-back Kyle Walker-Peters being ruled out through injury because the Ivorian could well be moving on before the close of the window.





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