Tottenham will press ahead with a summer bid for Jan Vertonghen - and the Ajax star wants a move to White Hart Lane.
Vertonghen is one of the most sought-after defenders in European football and is set to leave Ajax this summer, with a move to the Premier League his aim.
Ajax are resigned to losing Vertonghen in the summer and hope interest from numerous top European clubs will help drive up the bidding, which is expected to start at around £15m.
Vertonghen has a contract at the Eredivisie club until 2013 and he will not sign a new deal, meaning Ajax will have to cash in this summer to receive the best possible price.
Spurs face United at White Hart Lane this Sunday but rather than scout Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, Redknapp’s primary objective was to catch Vertonghen in the flesh - and he was impressed with the Belgium international.
Ferguson is also keen on the 24-year-old but is not expected to launch a bid this summer as he sees Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as the future at the heart of United’s defence - leaving the way for Spurs to jump in.
A source said: "It is unlikely we will see the player at Ajax next season. Nothing is confirmed but there is a lot of interest from clubs, particularly in England.
"Tottenham is an option, for sure. [Jan] likes the English league and would prefer to move there."
Arsenal ace Vermaelen is keen to link up with his former Ajax team-mate but it appears Vertonghen favours a move to White Hart Lane.