Spurs seal double swoop

Last updated at 15:10 31 August 2005

Tottenham today signed England midfielder Jermaine Jenas from Newcastle on a busy day of transfer activity at White Hart Lane.

Jenas, a member of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Northern Ireland, completed his move after the two clubs agreed a fee, confirmed to the Stock Exchange as £7million payable over three years, with the player agreeing a five-year contract.

Spurs announced Jenas' arrival with a brief statement, which read: "We are delighted to announce the signing of England international Jermaine Jenas from Newcastle United."

The 22-year-old had been tipped for a move away from St James' Park after admitting to manager Graeme Souness that playing for the Magpies is "like living in a goldfish bowl".

Souness, who will use the money to help fund the purchase of Michael Owen from Real Madrid, is nevertheless disappointed to see Jenas leaving Tyneside.

"I am sorry he didn't see his long term future with us," Souness told Newcastle's official website, www.nufc.com.

"We didn't want him to leave but he is a big boy and it was his choice.

"He's made his decision and everyone at this club, from the chairman down, wishes him all the best in his career with Tottenham."

But Jenas will find midfield competition fierce in north London, with Edgar Davids and Michael Carrick both in prime form during the early weeks of the season.

New recruits Tom Huddlestone and Teemu Tainio, along with Sean Davis, Pedro Mendes and Michael Brown, are also pushing for a place in the centre of Tottenham's midfield.

Transfer activity is frenetic at Spurs as the midnight deadline looms.

Reports this morning claimed they have completed the signing of South Korean left-back Lee Young-Pyo from PSV Eindhoven.

Lee, 28, has a clause to leave the Dutch club for £1.36million and Sky Sports News reported a "deal was completed in the early hours of the morning".

Tottenham are not expected to confirm anything until this afternoon, but Young-Pyo would be a like-for-like replacement for Swedish full-back Erik Edman, who has agreed a three-year contract with French side Rennes.

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