After months of interest, weeks of negotiations, and one crazy day of threats of legal action by Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur have finalized the signing of Belgian center back Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid. The announcement was made on Tottenham Hotspur's official twitter account and website.
The particulars of the deal, which were not confirmed by either club, are said to be for £10m plus an additional £1.5m in add-ons, with the Belgian center back accepting wages over £50k per week. Alderweireld joins a (currently) crowded stable of center back options for Spurs, but has the quality to straight away be in contention to play alongside Jan Vertonghen as Spurs' first choice center half. Alderweireld was keen to join Spurs in order to play alongside his fellow Belgium national teammates Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli, and Mousa Dembele, and he credited the Belgian trio with his initial interest in signing for Spurs.
Alderweireld's signing means that there are at present seven center backs in Tottenham's first team. It is said that the club will listen to offers for current club captain Younes Kaboul and Romanian handball artist Vlad Chiriches during this summer's transfer window.
The stories likely won't stop here, however: the looming legal action between Southampton and Atletico Madrid, who reportedly missed a deadline to buy out the Saints' option on Alderweireld for £1.5m, will likely continue in some form or another. We'll continue to track that story, but it should not affect Spurs, who did nothing irregular in the sale.
Welcome to Tottenham Hotspur, Toby Alderweireld! COYS!