West Ham target Joel Veltman has confirmed he is open to leaving Ajax and there is interest – but nothing concrete yet. The Dutch right-back has entered the last year of his contract with the Amsterdam club and does not want to sign a renewal as he considers moving abroad. “I am open to a transfer,” Veltman told De Telegraaf from Ajax’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
“I am now 27, I have a one year left on my contract and this is a good moment in itself. But it’s still in a bit of flux. There is certainly some interest, but not really concrete yet.” Veltman was seriously injured against VVV-Venlo in April last year and lost his place in the right-back slot to Noussair Mazraoui. But, he recovered well and started in both legs of Ajax’s Champions League quarter-final and semi-final clashes against Juventus and Tottenham.
He was linked to the Hammers on Friday in the Daily Mail and the player seems ready to test himself at Premier League level. “My matches in the Champions League last season have been a good calling card,” he added. “I showed that after my injury I can take that level again. I am in top shape and have never been as strong as now. Fortunately I was able to show that in those competitions.”