Spurs capture Kaboul
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of French Under 21 international Younes Kaboul from Auxerre.
The North London club have not released any details regarding the fee, but previous reports suggest they have paid out £8.2million to capture one of France's brightest prospects.
Kaboul made 51 appearances during his time at Auxerre but has now followed Gareth Bale and Darren Bent in joining Martin Jol's ambitious side over the summer.
Jol told the club's official website: "If you ask people in France who is seen as the hottest prospect in defence they will say Younes Kaboul.
"We are very happy to have him on board. It's important to have quality players in defence and with Younes, we have that."
Kaboul will compete with Michael Dawson, Ledley King and Ricardo Rocha for a starting role at White Hart Lane next season, and sporting director Damien Comolli believes the young Frenchman has the quality to make a real impact on the Premier League.
"Younes possesses power, great pace and is good on the ball and strong in the air," said Comolli.
"He is a good leader who showed a great desire to come to us despite interest and offers from numerous other clubs.
"From day one he said 'I want to play for Spurs' and his personality made a big impression on Martin and myself. He has been a regular in the Auxerre first team for the past two seasons and is an excellent signing."
Kaboul's former team-mate at Auxerre, Bakari Sagna, has also been strongly linked with a move to North London with Arsenal over the summer.