The worst kept secret in British Football was confirmed this morning - Darren Bent has signed for Spurs and has cost £16.5 million quid although we don't know the breakdown of this - is it all one fee or is portions linked to club progress? I expect the latter but hats off to Charlton for holding out for their fee and hats off to the Spurs board for paying big money when need-be. With Kaboul done, but not announced, and Bale in the bag the transfer window has been good so far. A couple of dead players need to be sold off and we still need that left winger but if the main nucleus of the squad is maintained then this appears to be the big push for the top four, hopefully at the expense of the goons.
The Shelf first mentioned our interest, thanks to news from FTL and COYS, back on May 12th. The Spammers attempted to hijack the deal with a ridiculous offer of wages but Bent saw the light and showed that he was not a complete money grabbing bastard, unlike Lucas Neil who turned down a move to Liverpool for the dirty cash the pikeys threw his way. Bent won't be on anywhere near 75 thousand a week but is probably now being paid more than Berbatov. This situation needs correcting and I think the biggest signing of the close season will be Berbatov putting pen to paper on a new contract.
Bent told the official site:
“Tottenham have a lot of young English players and it’s a young squad, it’s a squad going forward and that’s the direction I wanted to take. They seem to be getting better and better every season and I would love to be part of that.
“It helps a lot that I know a few of the lads from England internationals and I’m sure they will help me settle in. It’s exciting times for me and the club, hopefully I’ll show what I can do at Tottenham and we’ll go on to win things.”
Where this leaves Jermaine Defoe is another question. He wants to stay at Spurs but he needs to sign a new contract to do so as otherwise the club will cash in. Mido was almost off to Fulham but they would not pay him enough so we still need to offload him asap.
Keep it up Levy and Co. Don't muck the whole thing up by selling a top asset.