Tottenham beat off Southampton to complete the signing of Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs completed the deal to bring Alderweireld to White Hart Lane on a permanent transfer, signing him from Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to the official Spurs website following the move, he said: “There is a lot of quality in the team and good, young players the club also wants to develop. Those two games were very tough for us, Spurs had a very good team. I’m really looking forward to helping the team reach the goals we will set.”
Despite his loan deal with Southampton last year, and an expectation that the Belgian international would be head back to the South Coast, he has joint up with three of his international teammates to bolster the Spurs back-line.
Alderweireld, 26, made 28 appearances for the Saints last term, scoring one goal, and building a reputation as a dependable and versatile defender. He unfortunately missed a large portion of the campaign through injury, but impressed whenever taking to the field.
Able to play at centre-back, right-back or in defensive midfield, it is expected that Alderweireld will partner Jan Vertonghen in the centre of defence. The duo have played together at international level, whilst also enjoying a productive spell with Ajax together.
Big things are expected of the defender now he has completed his switch to North London, and Spurs fans reacted with delight following the news of the deal being confirmed.
Alderweireld a good signing for spurs tbh.— Master Bruce (@NasirBray) July 8, 2015
Alderweireld signs for Tottenham. For once they're doing good business.— Alix Wayne (@wayne_inc) July 8, 2015
Vertonghen and Alderweireld will be such a good partnership I am buzzin— Iw△n (@iwanhaaines) July 8, 2015
Good signing in Alderweireld, him and Jan at the back could be decent— Matt Hucks (@Hucksy47) July 8, 2015
Toby alderweireld has finally signed for us good bit of business levy. Striker now to partner harry Kane please next— S.teven Deller (@s_deller) July 8, 2015
Love that we've signed Alderweireld, showing good ambition imo— D∀N (@False_CB) July 8, 2015