Ajax have rejected a bid from Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala for defender Toby Alderweireld, reports emanating from Holland suggest.
The 23-year-old centre half been heavily linked with a summer move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal, where he could line up alongside one of his compatriots in Jan Vertonghen or Thomas Vermaelen. The 23-year-old has made it clear that he wishes to stay at the Amsterdam ArenA until at least the end of the current campaign, but it hasn’t deterred billionaire-backed Anzhi from lodging a bid.
With the Russian transfer window not due to close until February 27, the club are still desperately looking to add to their squad to strengthen their title bid. The departure of Christopher Samba to Queens Park Rangers has left a gaping hole in the club’s defence, and head coach Guus Hiddink has reportedly identified Alderweireld has a the perfect candidate to replace him.
However, according to Dutch news outlet Voetbal Primeur, Frank de Boer and the Ajax hierarchy has swiftly dismissed the prospect of the defender leaving the club before the end of the season, as Ajax aim to secure their third consecutive Eredivisie title.
Alderweireld recently revealed that he felt ready to make the step up to another club, but didn’t rule out the possibility of stadium with the Dutch club for another season.