Spurs suffer another setback as defender target signs new deal


Tottenham’s summer has suffered another setback as they continue the hunt for their first signing of the transfer window.

As reported by Goal, the Lilywhites had been strongly linked with a move for Joel Veltman, but the defender has now signed a three-year extension with boyhood club Ajax.

The 25-year-old was a particularly attractive prospect because he had just a year left on his previous deal.

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The Dutch international can play at centre-back or on the right, which would have allowed him to replace both Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer – if the Austrian does leave – simultaneously.

As it stands, Mauricio Pochettino may turn to an alternative, or as seems equally likely, he could choose to put faith in youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyle Walker-Peters.

Incredibly, Spurs are now the only team in England’s top four divisions who haven’t made a senior signing this summer. There are now less than two weeks until their Premier League season opener against Newcastle and if they haven’t moved by then, serious questions are going to be asked.

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