By Danny Wright
Tottenham are set to face a hurdle in their pursuit of Ajax enforcer Joel Veltman, according to a report.
The Telegraph claims that Spurs’ London rivals Crystal Palace are willing to create a battle for the 25-year-old after Frank De Boer was named as manager and sets his sights on his old club.
It is now understood that Palace are keen on the Dutch international, but Spurs could be hopeful that De Boer turns his attention towards other defensive options.
Veltman, although mainly used as a right-back last season, can play more a central role and it is believed that the Eagles will want to pursue a move for him if they fail in their efforts to sign Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool this summer after an impressive loan spell at Selhurst Park.
According to the Telegraph, another one of Ajax’s right-backs Kenny Tete is also on De Boer’s wishlist and is valued at £2.7million.
Football Insider Verdict
Tottenham really need to start getting a move on this summer to ensure they aren’t left behind by any of their Premier League rivals. Mauricio Pochettino is yet to dip his toes into the transfer market and should really look at snapping up Veltman sooner rather than later as he could become the new right-sided defender in his back three. At £8million he is quite cheap and although he has a slight issue with his discipline, could forge a great partnership with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in defence. Spurs should worry about Palace because De Boer will certainly look to utilise his links with Ajax to poach some of Europe’s best young talent.
In other Tottenham news, there has been a major development in Spurs’ pursuit of this Premier League defender.