Tottenham confirm Capoue capture

The 25-year-old midfielder, who scored seven goals in 33 Ligue 1 appearances last term, becomes Andre Villas Boas' fourth signing this summer for a fee in the region of £9 million
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue for a fee in the region of £9 million.

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The 25-year-old had been linked with Cardiff City, with Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay revealing the Premier League newcomers had reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit on July 29 before Toulouse president, Olivier Sadran, revealed Spurs' interest last week.

But Capoue, who can play in both midfielder and defence, has now joined Tottenham and will compete with Mousa Dembele, Sandro, Scott Parker and fellow summer signing Paulinho for a starting berth.

The news comes less than 24 hours after positional rivals Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore joined Hull, the latter on a season-long loan deal.

With their summer spending seemingly not over, Goal exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Spurs have lined up Roma star Erik Lamela as their priority target with ongoing speculation over the future of Gareth Bale.

Capoue could make his debut for Tottenham in the club's Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace on Sunday.