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Tottenham sign Dempsey, Lloris
Published : 01 Sep 2012 01:47:19
Tottenham signed Fulham forward Clint Dempsey for an undisclosed fee in a surprise last-minute move on Friday 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 on Friday.
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."