Reds want to take Jan Vertonghen to Anfield.
Liverpool will move for centre half Jan Vertonghen in the summer if they qualify for the Champions League, reports The Daily Mail.
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Speaking after Tottenham’s damaging 1-0 defeat at Norwich which left them six points behind Liverpool, Vertonghen refused to confirm if he would remain at White Hart Lane if the club again misses out on a place in the top four.
“Those are always difficult questions. What I want is to play in the Champions League with Tottenham, so, hopefully, I will get there this year,” the Belgian is quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t complain about anything. Let’s see after the end of the season and after the World Cup.”
Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking increasingly likely to return to Europe’s top table after another convincing win at Southampton on Saturday left them firmly in the title chase.
Vertonghen has been one of Spurs’ outstanding performers since joining from Ajax for £9.6m in summer 2012 and the North London club are expected to offer him a new contract before the end of the season, according to The Evening Standard.
The Daily Mail says the Belgium international will not sign a new deal until Champions League qualification is secured and with Spurs facing Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this month, it should soon become clear if that is a genuine possibility.
Liverpool have been scintillating going forward this season but have struggled defensively, with Kolo Toure enduring a particularly tough time of late.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers claimed in the summer that Liverpool’s defence could be in place for the next decade after landing Mamdou Sakho and Tiago Ilori in the summer but the former has struggled with injuries, while the latter has been sent on loan having not made an appearance for the club.