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Fee agreed as Spurs step up summer cleanup by offloading Steven Bergwijn

Tottenham’s Steven Bergwijn celebrates a goal in the Premier League win over Newcastle Credit: PA Images

Tottenham have reportedly agreed to sell winger Steven Bergwijn to Dutch giants Ajax for a fee of around £20million.

The Dutch striker only moved to north London in January 2020 from PSV after Spurs paid £27million and handed Bergwijn a five-year contract.

However, the powerful striker failed to secure regular starting roles under Jose Mourinho, Ryan Mason, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Antonio Conte.

In 25 league appearances last season, Bergwijn scored just three times, including twice in the memorable stoppage time victory at Leicester.

Ajax were keen to land the striker in January but Conte hated letting the player go. Back then, the Italian was plotting to crush the top four and didn’t want to weaken his team.

It turned out to be a wise move as Spurs eventually beat rivals Arsenal to fourth in the Premier League.

But now that the summer window has opened, Ajax are back for Bergwijn and now looks ready to have their man.

It was reported on Tuesday that Tottenham would not lower their £26m asking price. However, 90min claim that Daniel Levy has done just that and will sell Bergwijn for £6m less.

Bergwijn reveals hope of leaving Tottenham

Speaking earlier this month, Bergwijn publicly revealed his desire to leave.

He said: “I just need to go play. I want to leave Spurs now for sure.

“Is it important that my new club plays in the Champions League? It’s not my top priority. It would be good, but what is important is that I will play.

“I was not allowed to leave Spurs in the winter and I had no problems. But for the past few months I have hardly had any treatment there.

“I want to go play somewhere every week. It would be nice if there was clarity soon. My situation must now be different.

The Dutch star now looks set to make his way, with a return to his native country seemingly imminent.

Bergwijn will join Cameron Carter-Vickers in leaving Tottenham this summer after the defender joined Celtic for £6.3million.

In terms of earnings, Conte has so far picked up Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forester and Yves Bissouma. More are expected to follow, with Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence closing in.

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