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Steven Bergwijn gets his wish as welcomed suitors plot fresh Tottenham raid

Steven Bergwijn celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur

The interest in Steven Bergwijn leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Ajax has been freshly reciprocated by the Eredivisie club, according to a report.

Bergwijn recently admitted he would be open to walking away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in search of more gametime elsewhere. He is aware that the quality of Antonio Conte’s attack makes it hard for him to get a look in.

And with the World Cup on the horizon, he does not want to decrease his chances of making it into the Netherlands squad.

To help with that task, a move back to his native country at club level may be beneficial. He confirmed to Algemeen Dagblad: “A return to the Netherlands would certainly be an option for me. The World Cup is coming. Mr Van Gaal, the national coach, brought me into the selection last time, even though I didn’t play much.”

The most likely club to make that happen would be Ajax. They tried to sign Bergwijn in January, but the deal was blocked.

However, he has featured infrequently since. Therefore, transfer rumours are cropping up again for the 24-year-old.

There was a recent suggestion that, ahead of his own Ajax exit, manager Erik ten Hag may try to sign him for his next club Manchester United instead.

But a departure from the Premier League altogether looks likelier for the former PSV winger. Indeed, The Times are now confirming that Ajax are back in the hunt for Bergwijn.

Ajax had Steven Bergwijn bid rejected in January

Their offer of around £18m was rejected in January due to Bergwijn scoring a brace against Leicester City. They were his first two Premier League goals of the season.

Bergwijn loss wouldn't be terrible for Spurs

The Dutchman has been in good form recently, but overall wouldn't be a huge miss for Spurs.

He has only added one since, having featured sporadically since his failed winter exit. Bergwijn knows he needs to get back to regular gametime; in turn, Tottenham Hotspur seem more likely to accept his wishes this time around.

It seems Spurs will invest in the summer to appease Antonio Conte after giving him Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski in January. The latter added direct competition for Bergwijn’s place.

An exit therefore makes sense for the Dutchman, both for financial and sporting reasons. Although under contract in north London until 2025, it could be time for Bergwijn to return to his city of birth, Amsterdam.

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