Spurs complete swap deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
As we earlier revealed on skysports.com, Porto and Spurs have agreed a deal to swap the players, with the Portuguese champions paying é¼4.5 million for Postiga with Spurs securing Mendes as part of the deal.
The completion of the deal comes in contrast to the North London club's claims that they were not looking to offload Postiga, who failed to settle in his one season with Spurs last term following his £6.25 million move from Porto last summer.
His profile in his home country was raised when he scored against England in Portugal's Euro 2004 quarter final win last month, with the striker keen to secure more first team action in the coming campaign.
His departure back to The Dragons has allowed Spurs to bring in highly-rated midfielder Mendes to White Hart Lane, with the 25-year-old's versatility impressing Spurs' sporting director Frank Arnesen.
The Dane believes Postiga's move to The Premiership last summer may have come too soon for the youngster.
"There is no doubting Helder's ability, but maybe he came to The Premiership too soon," Arnesen told the club's official website.
"He was keen to return home and, although we rate him highly here, we did not like to see him unhappy.
"He has always been a model professional during his time here and we wish him well for the future.
"It is an excellent deal for us because Pedro gives us more options in midfield and brings with him experience in European competition.
"He has a well-deserved reputation on the continent and we are delighted to have added him to our squad.
"I hope that the Spurs fans will take to him very quickly."
The swap deal comes on the day that Spurs have signed England hopeful Sean Davis for an undisclosed fee from Premiership rivals Fulham.