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By ESPN Staff

Tottenham set to land 'the new Stam'

Tottenham look to have won the race to sign a Dutch defender dubbed 'the new Jaap Stam'.

AZ Alkmaar last night claimed their centre-half Ron Vlaar was on his way to White Hart Lane.

Vlaar, who turns 21 on January 16, has already held talks with Spurs, according to AZ.

They issued a statement which read: 'AZ have reached agreement with Tottenham Hotspur concerning the transfer of Ron Vlaar to the London club.

'Ron Vlaar has spoken to the English club. In the coming days he will make a decision on his future.

'As well as Tottenham, other clubs are also interested in the defender from Alkmaar, but AZ currently only have an agreement with Spurs.

'Ajax have it be known they are no longer interested in Ron Vlaar.'

Tottenham already have England international Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Noureddine Naybet, Goran Bunjevcevic and Anthony Gardner in their squad, but Dutch manager Martin Jol has made it a priority to recruit young talent since taking charge, making Vlaar an attractive signing.

AZ fined Vlaar earlier this week for disparaging remarks he made in the press regarding the club and coach Louis van Gaal.

He has refused to sign a new contract - his current deal expires in 2007 - and made it clear he was keen to join Ajax.

The Amsterdam giants opened transfer negotiations with AZ but they came to a halt, with Vlaar and his agent Arnold Oosterveer claiming AZ were uncooperative and were blackmailing the young Holland international.

Vlaar and his agent met with AZ's general manager Toon Gerbrands on Monday, when the club decided to fine the defender.

AZ and Vlaar have not disclosed how much the defender was fined, but the club agreed he would remain available for first-team selection.