Eredivisie talent a target for Premier League duo.
Tottenham and Liverpool are set to battle it out for the signature of Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer, reports the Evening Standard.
The Dutch club are ready to sell their prized asset after the 21-year-old refused to negotiate a new deal and it is understood the player has confirmed his intention to join an English club.
A source at Ajax told the Standard that Tottenham and Liverpool had sent scouts to watch the playmaker “almost every week” but says Manchester United and Arsenal, both of which already boast similar players, are not interested in the Dane.
“Christian wants to play in the Premier League and we think he will do well there. The club had discussed the option of keeping him until the end of his contract but it makes sense now to sell,” a source, described by the Standard as ‘senior’, told the newspaper.
“Liverpool and Spurs are scouting him almost every week. Arsenal are no longer interested and Man United are not on the scene. The club will not let him go cheaply so there is a long way to go but it seems likely he will move to Tottenham or Liverpool.”
Pass-master Eriksen is regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe and has already amassed 31 caps for Denmark.
Spurs have lacked creativity in central areas this term after failing in an August deadline bid to sign Porto’s Joao Moutinho.
The North London outfit are hoping Eriksen’s good relationship with former Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen could prove crucial in helping persuaded the playmaker to chose White Hart Lane over Anfield.
Vertonghen played alongside Eriksen before joining Spurs in the summer and has previously claimed his former teammate would be well-suited to English football.
“Technically, he’s one of the best players I’ve played with. He can use his right foot and his left foot equally well,” said the Belgian centre-half.