Steven Bergwijn: Tottenham demanding higher transfer fee for Dutch winger after Ajax fail with opening bid

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Steven Bergwijn: Tottenham demanding higher transfer fee for Dutch winger after Ajax fail with opening bid
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Ajax are expected to return with an improved bid for Tottenham's Steven Bergwijn after seeing an opening offer of €18million (around £15m) rejected by the Premier League club.

Spurs will consider offers for Bergwijn this month but want to recoup closer to the £27m they paid PSV Eindhoven for the winger two years ago.

Bergwijn, 24, was the first permanent signing of Jose Mourinho's tenure in January 2020 but could be the first departure under Antonio Conte, if Ajax return with a sufficiently improved offer.

Bergwijn, who was born in Amsterdam, came through the ranks at Ajax before joining their rivals PSV in 2011, and is thought to be open to a return to the Eredivisie champions after two frustrating years in the Premier League.

Spurs, however, would be reluctant to allow Bergwijn to leave until they have signed a replacement, particularly with Heung-min Son currently sidelined with a hamstring injury until at least the end of the month.

Bergwijn made an impressive start at Spurs, scoring in his first three home league games including stunners against both Manchester clubs, but he has since struggled for confidence and fitness.

He scored just once last season and opened his account for this term in December's 2-1 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, also assisting Lucas Moura's winner.

Tottenham will allow Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn to leave the club this month (AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham will allow Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn to leave the club this month (AFP via Getty Images)

His display earned praise from Conte, who has raised the possibility of Bergwijn deputising for Harry Kane up front when the England captain needs a rest.

Bergwijn has not played since Boxing Day due to a calf injury but Conte said before Sunday's 3-1 win over Morecambe he expected to welcome back the Dutch international "very soon".

Quizzed on Bergwijn’s future at a press conference held before the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea, Conte said: “Honestly, Bergwijn he knows very well what I think about him. I consider him a player that can play in all three roles. As a No9 and as a No10.

“For sure, in my period at Tottenham, he was injured for a long time but I showed him that when he’s in a good physical condition, I gave him a chance to show he’s a good player. For sure, Bergwijn is a Tottenham player and he’s very close to coming back.

“After the game against Chelsea, he can start having training sessions with us. I count on him. He’s a player with different characteristics to Sonny, Lucas and Harry. He’s very good 1v1, he’s a creative player that we don’t have in our squad.”

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