Football: Spurs sign Popescu: Sugar takes outlay to 7.5m pounds
Saturday 10 September 1994
Alan Sugar, the Spurs chairman, flew to the Netherlands by private jet to sign Popescu on a five-year contract after three hours of talks. 'I made it clear that the fee and wages must be within our budget and I achieved that,' Sugar said.
Popescu, 26, joins international colleague Ilie Dumitrescu and German Jurgen Klinsmann in an expanding 'foreign legion' at White Hart Lane and completes the jigsaw of which Ossie Ardiles, the manager, spoke this week.
The Department of Employment are unlikely to clear Popescu in time to play against Southampton on Monday, but Tottenham will hope to include him at Leicester today week. He has 55 caps.
Popescu's signing came too late to halt the slide in Tottenham share prices, however. On Thursday they fell 10p to 143p when Tottenham announced year-end figures showing a fall in profit from pounds 3.36m to pounds 885,000, and they fell another seven pence by close of trading yesterday.
Ardiles will now have to consider Premier League regulations when selecting his team. Only three foreigners are permitted per team and they have a fourth in the Israeli striker Ronny Rosenthal.
Another player whom Spurs showed an interest in this summer, the Brazilian Muller, is expected to sign for Everton this weekend.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in their club shops - yet
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Saints yet to receive 'serious offer' but midfielder could complete move by end of this week
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Former Manchester United striker 'signs contract' to join Blues and is told to meet up with squad on pre-season tour
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez nears exit as Liverpool eye move for striker despite revealing Real Madrid video
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...