Arsenal legend key as Tottenham stand firm over £15m offer

Tottenham have rejected a £15million January offer from Ajax for Dutch forward Steven Bergwijn.

Bergwijn joined the north London club towards the end of the January 2020 transfer window for a fee of around £27m, scoring just four goals in 60 appearances since his move from PSV.

After starting the opening three games of the Premier League season under Nuno Espirito Santo, Bergwijn picked up an ankle injury that restricted his opportunities. But since the appointment of Antonio Conte, he has fallen out of favour to the extent that he has played exactly 100 minutes of the Italian’s 13 matches – more than an hour of which came in the League Cup.

Tottenham are thought to be fielding interest in the 24-year-old, with Newcastle among the clubs linked.

Yet it is Ajax who have made the first move, lodging a reported £15m bid that Tottenham have turned down.

Sky Sports say the two sides ‘remain in talks’ over a deal and Ajax chiefs ‘believe they can tempt’ the Premier League team into the sale.

It is added that that the reigning Eredivisie champions want to sign Bergwijn before their weekend game against Utrecht, with director of football and former Arsenal player Marc Overmars ‘overseeing’ proceedings.

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While being ‘open’ to the transfer, Tottenham will want to recoup as much of their initial outlay as possible.

The club are also in talks over Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli, with the former subject to negotiations with Italian and Spanish teams.

Those talks are thought to have been held before the FA Cup third-round win over Morecambe, in which Ndombele’s insipid performance and lack of urgency to leave the pitch when substituted seemed to signal the end of his doomed spell.

Ndombele ‘is not unhappy’ at the club but will consider leaving if Tottenham find a suitor willing to take on his wages.

Alli and Matt Doherty have also been made available by Tottenham, who hope to bring in a right wing-back and striker this month.

Adama Traore has been identified as the priority signing for the former position.

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