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Utd & Spurs Scouting The Same Supremely Versatile €10M Centre Back

Rio Ferdinand was pretty stoical in last nights victory over Chelsea, the classy defender was clearly carrying a knock from an early stage but he played on and didn’t look phased by it at all.

It doesn’t mask the fact however that the Old Trafford side have a defensive unit that is to say the least a bit injury prone.  It is for those reasons that, according to our friends at talksport, they are lining up a Summer move for Ajax utility man Vurnon Anita…and talking of teams with injury prone defences, it is also claimed that Tottenham are showing interest in the 22 year old.

Anita joined the Ajax youth academy in 1999 when he was just 10 years of age, and it soon became apparent that he was bound for the top of the game.  He made a couple of appearances between 2005 and 2008, but it was the 08-09 season that be became a regular in the first team.  As more games have come for Ajax, he has also started to turn out for the national team, and he was part of the Netherlands preliminary squad for last Summers World Cup only missing out at the last minute.

The 22 year old is extremely versatile, he is most comfortable playing at right back, but he is also more than capable of playing at centre-back.  In true Dutch tradition he is so technically solid that he is also quite happy to play in the midfield, either centrally or on the wing.  It is this versatility that has supposedly caught the attention of Harry Redknapp and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Anita has been watched by scouts from Tottenham, Manchester United and French side Marseille lately, all of which are said to be considering a move this Summer.  According to talksport it would take a bid of around £8million to persuade Ajax to sell the player who is contracted to them until next year.

I think he would definitely be a good addition to either club, a player that is capable of playing in a wide variety of different positions is clearly highly desirable in the modern game, and that is certainly something that Anita is capable of.  Coming through the Ajax youth academy demonstrates that he is clearly gifted, and I would suggest that for £8million, Spurs and United could do a lot worse than take a gamble on this one.

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