Spurs snare Stalteri

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Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign Canada international Paul Stalteri from Werder Bremen.

The full back recently announced he would be leaving the deposed German champions when his contract expires in the summer.

He has been repeatedly linked with a move to The Premiership and rejected a switch to Crystal Palace last summer.

Charlton Athletic and Manchester City were also mooted as admirers of the full back but Spurs have won the chase for his signature.

Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen admits he is overjoyed to have landed Stalteri ahead of some stiff competition for the 27-year-old.

"I am delighted we can announce our next signing for the new season," Arnesen told the club's official website.

"Paul Stalteri is a defender who can play in midfield - so he is a multi-functional player, who can play on both sides.

"He has come from a tough environment at Werder Bremen and their players are very well known for their mentality.

"I am delighted to get him in, there were a lot of clubs chasing him including some from England.

"He will be a big plus for the squad."

In addition to Stalteri, Spurs have already struck deals for Teemu Tainio and Tom Huddlestone as Martin Jol looks to take the club into Europe.

Meanwhile, Spurs have opted to release Rohan Ricketts, with the midfielder's contract due to expire.

Ricketts has been on loan at Wolves for the past two months and could move to Molineux permanently, although Leeds, Reading and Sheffield United are also keen.

Spurs have also allowed David Limbersky to return to Viktoria Plzen after his loan stint at White Hart Lane, while youngsters Paul O'Donoghue, Nicky Eyre, Michael Malcolm and Owen Price have been released.