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Long-term Liverpool transfer target Toby Alderweireld looks like he's close to joining the Reds, so talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more on the three-time Eredivisie champion...
Name: Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld Date of birth: 2 March 1989 Born: Antwerp, Belgium Position: Defender Club: Ajax Honours: Eredivisie Dutch league title (x3), KNVB Cup (Dutch equivalent of the FA Cup) International appearances: 25 Belgium caps (to date - 4 July 2013)
What's the latest? As reported on talkSPORT.co.uk, Liverpool are in pole position to sign Belgium and Ajax stopper, Toby Alderweireld, after Bayer Leverkusen dropped out of the race.
Did you know?
1) Alderweireld started his youth career in Belgium at Germinal Beerschot's, the club that also produced Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen. Prior to his move to the famous Ajax academy in 2004, Alderweireld played three times for his country's U15 side.
2) Following steady progress with the Ajax youngsters, the defender was on the brink of making his professional debut in the 2007/08 campaign when he was included in several squads as a result of injuries to senior players. However, he was forced to wait until the following season for his bow when Marco van Basten handed him his first competitive appearance against NEC in January 2009.
3) Martin Jol's arrival at Ajax prior to the start of the following campaign signalled the real start of Alderweireld's career in the Netherlands, though. The current Fulham boss put his faith in the youngster and it paid off, as the Belgian made six appearances in Ajax's run to Dutch Cup success in 2010. Partnering Jan Vertonghen the following season, Alderweireld helped Ajax win the Eredivisie. Further league glory followed in 2012 and 2013.
4) Alderweireld is known for his physical style, alertness and aerial ability, proving a useful asset to Ajax from set-plays. He has also proven capable of recovering the ball from opposition strikers cleanly, committing few fouls. If he can adapt to the Premier League then he would be a quality signing for Liverpool.
5) The defender made his Belgium senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Chile in the 2009 Kirin Cup. Strong competition for a place in the Belgian defence from Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany and Vertonghen has somewhat limited his international appearances, though his ability to play at right-back has helped him gain caps for his country.
"Both Toby and Jan are naturally gifted defenders. They are extremely talented. Toby is a typical defender and is an excellent stopper. I saw him play twice during pre-season and I was convinced of his qualities. However, he is capable of so much more than just marking a striker out of the game. He is quite good on the ball as well and I see him as a future star player." Former Ajax coach Martin Jol, speaking during his time in charge of the Amsterdam club.