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Tottenham sign Tanguy Ndombele for club-record fee

By Steve Jennings

Published: 17:23, 2 July 2019

Tottenham have completed the signing of French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record fee.

Ndombele has signed a five-year contract (with an option for a sixth year) after Spurs agreed a £53.8m fee with Lyon – add-ons could take the final price up to around £63m.

Tottenham’s summer business so far: five key things to know…

  1. Before this week, Spurs had not signed a new player since Lucas Moura’s arrival from PSG in January 2018.
  2. That changed on Tuesday morning when the club confirmed the signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds United.
  3. Clarke has returned to Leeds on loan for the 2019/20 season.
  4. Ndombele becomes Tottenham’s second signing of the week and will go straight into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad.
  5. The France international registered seven assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

Lyon and Tottenham announced the deal on Tuesday evening, with the French club confirming the final fees involved.

Ndombele joined Lyon from Amiens for £7.2m last summer after spending a year at the club on loan.

The 22-year-old, who was also linked with Juventus and Manchester United, has made four appearances for the French national team.

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Given his huge fee, Ndombele is likely to go straight into Pochettino’s preferred starting line-up.

Although the Argentinian usually beds new signings in slowly, Ndombele will have a full pre-season with his new teammates, meaning he should be ready for the start of the campaign.

With that in mind, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko will be forced to work even harder to keep their places in the team.

The duo formed an impressive partnership last season, though it was often disrupted by injury.

It will be interesting to see whether Pochettino uses Ndombele, Winks and Sissoko in a three or if a two-man midfield is the way forward for Spurs.