Ajax central defender Joel Veltman isn’t immune to the transfer speculation surrounding him this summer, and he’s already starting to get lobbied by his own international teammate! Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has been quietly lobbying Veltman to join Spurs by joking about them being future teammates. Veltman, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem averse to the idea.
"I have spoken with my agent, but he is unaware of any interest from Tottenham.
"Vincent Janssen was joking that we will become team-mates, but there is nothing to it as of yet.
"I have one year left on my current contract, so normally I will either renew or be sold. That is only logical. There will be clarity after my holiday. But a transfer is a bigger option than before.
"Ajax's offer to renew is a nice gesture, they want me to stay. But this could be the moment for me to look at other options.
"But the right club will have to come along. There is nothing concrete for now, but I am not in a rush."
Of course, Veltman and Janssen are already teammates on the Netherlands national team, but whatever. It sure sounds like Veltman is probably going to be leaving Ajax if the right offer comes around, and Tottenham would certainly be an upgrade over the Eredivisie. He’d be joining a Spurs side with a number of ex-Ajax players, including Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Christian Eriksen. Mousa Dembele and Janssen both played for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie as well.
Spurs may not have made any formal overtures to Veltman or his agent at this stage, so this could just be paper talk, or Veltman could be on a list of potential transfer targets. At a reported £8m, Veltman seems like the kind of depth signing that Spurs could go for this summer as they try and boost their numbers to make a serious push for the Premier League title, and a deep Champions League run. He’s not a starter, but he might be an upgrade on Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kevin Wimmer.