Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for Christian Eriksen this week but it is another Ajax target, Toby Alderweireld, who has now welcomed Tottenham's interest.

Alderweireld, 23, is a graduate of the prestigious Ajax youth system and the full-back has been on Tottenham's radar since the summer.

The only cloud in the sky is that Arsenal are also thought to be keen and the youngster reserved praise for the Gunners too.

Alderweireld said: "If the time is right, it will come, but now Ajax is the most important thing. Therefore, I expect that I can be watched in the Arena after the winter break.

"Ajax is a very nice club. It won’t be hard to play here all my life – but if I had to choose it would have to be a nice club like Ajax again and there aren’t many of them.

"But a club such as Arsenal or Tottenham – they are fantastic clubs and would be a step forward."