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Spurs clinch Dembele signing

August 29, 2012
By ESPN staff

Moussa Dembele has passed a medical at Tottenham and become the club's fourth summer signing, moving to White Hart Lane from Fulham.

Moussa Dembele: Will help replace Modric
PA PhotosMoussa Dembele: Will help replace Modric

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Spurs have moved quickly to sign an attacking midfielder after the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid on Monday and manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Dembele fits the bill as his replacement.

Dembele, 25, moved to Fulham from AZ Alkmaar in 2010 and became a key player for the Cottagers, first under Mark Hughes and then Martin Jol.

The Belgium international is believed to have cost Spurs in the region of £15 million and has signed a five-year contract.

"I'm happy to join Spurs, it's a fantastic club," Dembele said. "You can see over the last few years that Spurs have played well, everybody knows it's a good team and a good club and that's why I wanted to come here.

"The club has plans to do lots of good things and that's why I want to be a part of it."

Dembele joins Gylfi Sigurdsson, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen as new arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer - with the latter an old friend of the midfielder.

"I know Jan from when I was 10 years old, we played together then," Dembele said. "I know him well, he's a great guy and he's said a lot of good things about this club.

"He says there are friendly people here and for me, that's very important, to feel great somewhere. I'm sure I will here."