Tottenham have made an enquiry for Ajax star Christian Eriksen but the Danish playmaker will stay at the club until the end of the season.
Spurs are long-term admirers of Eriksen and have been in contact with Ajax as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to add more creativity to his midfield following the departures of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.
Ajax expect the highly rated midfielder to eventually leave the Amsterdam Arena but, as they did with Jan Vertonghen last season, will refuse to sell their most valuable asset in the New Year, according to Goal.com.
Manchester United have also been closely monitoring Eriksen’s situation, and although the 20-year-old is interested in playing in the English Premier League he favours a move to one of the two Spanish giants, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Spurs held talks with Ajax over a move for Eriksen, also strongly linked with Manchester City and Liverpool, when they signed Vertonghen from the Dutch side for 10 million pounds.
In an attempt to steal a march in the race for the Ajax academy product, they have again made the first move regarding a possible January move – only to be told that the Eredivisie club have no intention of accepting a bid in January.
“Spurs have been strongly sniffing around Eriksen for a while and have already made an enquiry about a January transfer,” a source told Goal.com.
“It won’t happen unless the fee is ridiculously high but they still have a real chance next summer.”
Villas-Boas is eyeing several creative targets for the January window, with Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Willian and Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic also on the north London club’s radar.
Eriksen has long been hailed as a future star and drawn comparisons with Danish legend Michael Laudrup, who also shot to fame playing the playmaker role for Ajax.
He caught the eye in both of Ajax’s Champions League games against Manchester City this season and has been in impressive form in the league, scoring four goals and providing five assists in 13 appearances.