‘I want to move to Tottenham!’ – Dutch striker Vincent Janssen admits frustration as AZ Alkmaar reject Spurs bid
Tottenham target Vincent Janssen has expressed his frustration at AZ Alkmaar after Spurs had a bid for the 22-year-old striker rejected by the Dutch club.
The Dutch striker, who finished top scorer in the Eredivisie last season with 27 goals, was given permission to spend two days in London earlier this month ahead of his expected move to White Hart Lane.
He visited the club’s training ground, met manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussed his plans for the future.
It is understood Spurs initially offered around £11million, an offer which has since been improved, but Alkmaar are holding firm on their £17million valuation.
Janssen – who scored a penalty for Holland in their 2-1 win at Wembley in March – has this week returned for the start of pre-season training with his club.
German side Wolfsburg have also been in touch with AZ over a potential deal, and Janssen wants his situation resolved as soon as possible.
In an interview in his homeland, the 22-year-old admitted the unwillingness of his current club to sanction his transfer to the Premier League has left him in a sense of limbo.
“At the moment I’m still a bit disappointed with AZ. I’m disappointed with how they behaved. I would like to make the move,” Janssen told Dutch television station RTV NH.
“I have expressed my choice to the club. In my opinion, Spurs bid a high amount.
“I indicated that I would take the next step and want to get away from the club. They know [this] and are aware of [the situation].
“It’s a shame, I would have wished that it would go a little faster. Sure it’s fine to train again. AZ is a fantastic club, but I want to make that next step for my development.
“Ultimately I hope to shake people’s hands here and walk out of the door on good terms.”