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Ajax tell NEC to up their offer for Rommedahl

Ajax have told NEC Nijmegen they must raise their offer for Dennis Rommedahl if they wish to secure the services of the Denmark winger.

A bid from NEC has already been rejected as insufficient by the Amsterdam giants, who may now consider a loan deal.

"We would prefer to sell Rommedahl," Ajax technical director Danny Blind told newspaper De Telegraaf.

"If that can't happen, loaning him out is also an option - for a certain fee, and not for the fee that NEC now wants to pay."

The 30-year-old has struggled for first-team football since the arrival of coach Marco van Basten in the summer.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer has told Ajax he does not want to talk about a new contract until the end of the season.

Vermeer, whose current deal runs until the summer of 2010, told Sportweek magazine: "We've agreed to evaluate things no sooner than the end of the season.

"At the moment I want to be fully focused on playing for Ajax and I don't want to talk about contracts."

The 22-year-old added: "I started as third keeper, but I've played a lot of games since then, so that's nice.

"That I'm close to the starting XI is something I see as a compliment."


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