Jan Vertonghen is confident he can make an immediate impact in the Premier League after agreeing terms to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The Ajax skipper will undergo a medical this week before completing his protracted move from the Dutch champion.
Spurs had been tracking the
Vertonghen's move had, however, been delayed amid reported interest from Arsenal while Spurs also changed managers with
Redknapp was reportedly a keen admirer of the 25-year-old who, after proving his class in the Netherlands
"I am very relieved," he told
"It went on for a long time, but I'm glad I'm a Tottenham player right now and I'm looking forward to playing for the club.
"I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I have heard a lot of good stories from my
"I heard that
"I just want to play for the club and I hope I can please the fans at the club."
Vertonghen will bolster a Spurs central defence that has been weakened over the northern summer after the departures of long-serving former captain
He is the second signing of Villas-Boas' short tenure so far after
Those signing have offered hope Tottenham can at least maintain, if not improve, on its fourth placing in the Premier League last term.
But perhaps even more important on new man Villas-Boas list of priorities will be retaining his already-established star names.
"They have a lot of good players and I hope the most important players will stay, but that's my opinion, I'm not one of the directors," Vertonghen said.
"I hope the players will stay and we have a good team next season."
Tottenham announced it had agreed terms to sign Vertonghen from Ajax on Sunday morning in a statement on its website.
"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical," the statement read.
"The 2011/12 campaign was the
"The centre back's impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was named Eredivisie Player of the Year as well as Ajax's Player of the Year in a season that saw him score 10 times in 37 appearances.
"In total, Jan made 220 appearances and scored 28 goals for Ajax since making his debut for them in 2006."
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