|LIVERPOOL AND TOTTENHAM CLEAR TO FIGHT IT OUT FOR ERIKSEN
SportingPreview.com: 7 March 2013
Liverpool and Tottenham will fight it out for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen after it emerged the club are ready to sell their prize asset this summer.
The London Evening Standard have revealed that the Dutch club expect Eriksen, who has refused to sign a new contract, to join an English team at the end of the season.
Ajax had originally planned to allow Eriksen to run down the final year of his contract but they will now listen to offers to ensure the attacking midfielder does not leave for free.
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Liverpool and Spurs have sent scouts to watch Eriksen "almost every week", according to a senior source at Ajax quoted in The Standard, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona no longer interested. The Gunners are thought to view Eriksen as a similar player to Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, both of whom prefer to play in the same advanced role behind the strikers.
And United's purchase of Shinji Kagawa is thought to have ended their interest in Eriksen, who is the same type of player albeit younger.
That leaves the way clear for Spurs and Liverpool to act.
Although the Danish midfielder is easily their star asset, Ajax are certainly a selling club, as they proved with the summer departures of Jan Vertonghen and Gregory Van Der Wiel.
The Standard say that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be confident of driving down Ajax's £14million asking price to somewhere closer to £8m given Eriksen has just one year left on his current deal.
However, negotiations are yet to begin, with all parties happy to wait until the rest of the season safe in the knowledge Eriksen has now privately confirmed his intention to play in England.
A senior Ajax source said: "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.
"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."
The Ajax source was quoted in The London Evening Standard.
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