Vermaelen quiet on Arsenal interest

Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen says he is unaware of any approach from Arsenal for his services, but admitted he is keen on a summer switch to the Premier League. The 23-year-old has made more than 80 league appearances for the Dutch giants since joining in 2003 - scoring against Aston Villa in last season's UEFA Cup - and has established himself as one of the most highly-rated stoppers in the Eredivisie.

His form has led to speculation linking his name with a possible move to the Emirates Stadium during the close season, with the Gunners' faithful keen on manager Arsene Wenger to sign several experienced heads to compliment their vast array of talented youngsters.

However, Vermaelen - who has made 21 outings for Belgium - insists he knows nothing about any potential deal, but revealed the prospect of a move to England did appeal to him.

“I do not know much,” he said. “I hear it [speculation] but I can say little about it. It would be nice, but I’m not there yet.

“The Premier League is attractive to me. We played against Aston Villa and the game was played the way it should be.

"For the public it is the number one sport.”

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