Spurs sign Dempsey, Lloris in last-minute deal

2012-09-01 07:32

London – Tottenham signed Fulham forward Clint Dempsey for an undisclosed fee in a surprise last-minute move just moments before the transfer window closed.

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Fulham for the transfer of Clint Dempsey,” Tottenham said in a statement on their website.

The United States international joined the north London club after Liverpool and Aston Villa were unable to complete a deal for the £7 million-rated star.

Fulham thanked the 29-year-old in a statement on their website: “Clint was a very influential player for Fulham over a number of seasons and the Club thanks him for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.”

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas gate-crashed the Dempsey chase after selling Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg for around £10 million earlier yesterday.

Meanwhile Spurs also sealed a deal for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Lloris agreed a four-year contract with the north London club, who paid Lyon £8 million to sign the 25-year-old French international.

“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Olympique Lyonnais for the transfer of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris,” a statement on the club’s website confirmed.

Lloris revealed he moved to Tottenham because he believes they are capable of returning to the Champions League next season.

“I am here because I believe in Tottenham,” he said. “I think everything is OK for the future of Tottenham.

“They have great team, great players, and a great coach so everything is all right, I think, to win a place in the Champions League next year.

“Now we have to prove that on the pitch and I am ready to give it my all for the club and for the fans.”

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