- Ajax are leading the race for Tottenham’s Dutch winger, with the player in scintillating form for his national team
- The club failed in their attempt to sign the winger in January, with Spurs reluctant to leave themselves short mid-season
- Spurs are now keen to move the player on following the signing of Kulusevski from Juventus
Dutch International Steven Bergwijn is expected to seal his return to Dutch football with Ajax continuing to negotiate with Tottenham Hotspur.
The sides have been in on-off negotiations since January, with Spurs rejecting Ajax’s final offer of £19 million during the winter transfer window. Ajax have now returned with an opening offer of £17 million, mindful of Spurs willingness to sell and the player’s wishes to return to his homeland.
Amsterdam native Bergwijn, played academy football at Ajax until he was 13 before joining rivals PSV. It was at Eindhoven where he made his first team breakthrough and caught the attention of Spurs. The winger joined Tottenham for £27 million in January 2020, although first team football has been hard to come by for the Dutchman.
Contrastingly Bergwijn has been in scintillating form for the Dutch national team, scoring 5 goals in his last 4 appearances. With the World Cup now around the corner, the winger is keen to secure his place in Qatar this December.
“It’s difficult for me. I play well at the National team but when I return to the club people turn a blind eye to me. I need to find a solution, so I could leave.” Told ESPN.
“A starting spot here [at Tottenham]? I don’t think so to be honest,” he said. “It’s a complicated story for me. I don’t play much. Ajax could be an option for me, and a return to The Netherlands could be an option for me. The World Cup is coming.” Bergwijn told Dutch outlet AD last month.
Premier League side Everton are also reportedly interested in the Dutch winger, as are West Ham United. The winger will certainly not be short of admirers this summer, although a move back to his homeland seems to be the likeliest destination.