Tottenham have agreed a £10m deal for Ben Davies, a day after the 20-year-old midfielder turned down Manchester United in favour of leaving West Bromwich Albion.
Davies arrived at White Hart Lane on Thursday to finalise a four-year contract at the Lane, a move that is expected to take him through his peak years.
But he could be tempted away from a club that has endured a difficult week at the Etihad Stadium, as Louis van Gaal sought to rid himself of several key players.
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‘We are delighted we brought Ben to Tottenham,’ said a Spurs spokesperson. ‘Ben has been a long-term admirer of Tottenham and we are both pleased to welcome him to the club.
‘We believe his versatility and his experience will give us the platform to further develop his development at the club. We wish him all the best for the future.’
Davies arrived from Barnsley after a hugely successful career at the Riverside with a handful of clubs, including Wolves, Coventry, Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion, as well as two spells with Southampton and Norwich.
He has made 50 league appearances for Barnsley in total, scoring eight goals, though the majority of those appearances have taken place at Barnsley’s home ground, the Molineux Stadium.
The midfielder first spotted the club at his local training ground four years ago when he saw a young, bright, lively player with potential.
At the time, it was thought to have been Ben Davies’ idol, Ryan Giggs.
His early move to St James’ Park – which was the first move of his career – left many supporters believing he had just arrived.
Now, though he has only made one league appearance, Davies’ journey at White Hart Lane has been anything but happy one.
Davies has become one of the stars of the club’s Europa League campaign since being drafted into the side for a one-off appearance in the semi-final against Anderlecht in March 2011.
He scored two of the three goals to help Spurs secure the 3-2 win over the Dutch side at Wembley.
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