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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim, thus bringing to an end one the biggest transfer sagas of the summer. The Icelandic International has been a summer transfer target for most of the top clubs in England, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United. But Spurs have swooped in late to pluck the attacker from Liverpool's grip as the rebuilding process at White Hart Lane continues. Spurs have just appointed Andre Villas-Boas as their new boss and with the high possibility of Luka Modric departing, the 22 year old represents a great buy.
Spurs announced the news on their website: "We are delighted to announce that we have completed the transfer of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim."
Â£8m is the expected transfer fee for the man who shone brightly while on loan at Swansea last season, netting seven goals during his short stay in Wales. Swansea were expected to sign him on a permanent deal after agreeing personal terms but Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool put the Welsh side out of the picture. The Reds were then front-runners to sign him up as Rodgers earmarked him as their top transfer target after taking over at Anfield. But Tottenham, who will also be plying their trade in the Europa League rather than the Champions League, reportedly offered a better package, thus turning the player's head towards North-London.
Sigurdsson can make the step up to the big time now following his move to a 'Top Four' club. Spurs already have Rafael van der Vaart playing in a similar role behind the striker and the youngster might have to get used to the rotation policy at the big clubs. He is equally competent with both, feet, makes unerringly timed-runs into the box while also possessing great ability from set-pieces, all of which mark him out as a definite 'star' signing.
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