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12:00 AM, June 07, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 07, 2008

Spurs snap up Dos Santos

Barcelona's 19-year-old Mexican striker Giovani dos Santos has joined Tottenham in the English Premiership club's second significant signing of the close season, the clubs said on Friday.
Dos Santos, who failed to break into a Barcelona first team loaded with attacking talent, signed in a deal initially worth 4.7 million pounds, although that could rise to 8.6 million pounds depending on the number of appearances he makes.
The signing of a player who was also reportedly being pursued by Chelsea and Manchester City is a coup for Tottenham's Spanish coach Juande Ramos, who has already added Croatia's midfielder playmaker Luka Modric to his squad for next season.
Barcelona have retained 20 percent of any fee Tottenham receive if he should move in the first two years of his contract and will take 10 percent of any transfer if he moves after that.
A statement on Tottenham's official website said: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Giovani dos Santos to the club, subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms."
Dos Santos, who has played five times for Mexico's senior squad, rarely played a whole match for Barcelona last season but showed his attacking talent when he scored a hat-trick in his last game for the club, a 5-3 win over Real Murcia.
He is expected to recover from an ankle injury in time for the Premier League kickoff in August.
His arrival is sure to fuel speculation that Dimitar Berbatov, the Bulgarian who scored 23 goals in a sensational debut season at Tottenham, will be leaving White Hart Lane, with Barcelona believed to be among the clubs chasing his signature.

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