Spurs pay for 'loyalty' bonus to complete Robinson deal

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Paul Robinson's completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday after the London club increased their offer to cover the goalkeeper's pay-off from Leeds United.

Robinson agreed terms with Spurs, but asked for a severance payment from relegated Leeds because he did not request a transfer. About £200,000 was eventually agreed as Tottenham decided to pay more to Leeds who in turn settled up their keeper's demands.

Leeds are now "clearing" just a guaranteed £1.5m, while Spurs think they have got a fair price, even with the late additional payment.

Despite their efforts to maintain sensible prices, the new owners of Leeds have found that players will not leave until they are satisfied with the terms offered and that contractual obligations have been fulfilled. Robinson was due a percentage of the sale, in the form of a "loyalty" payment as laid down in his existing contract.

The low price for Robinson has meant that James Milner could also have been sold, but he yesterday rejected a £3.5m transfer to Spurs preferring to stay at Elland Road. Milner, one of the lowest-paid players at Leeds, is due to conduct negotiations with Gerald Krasner, the club's chairman, during the next two weeks after underlining his commitment to the club.

Spurs were eager to sign Milner and tabled a bid described by Mick McGuire, the Professional Footballers' Association deputy chief executive who acts as Milner's agent, as "an outstanding offer". Yet the 18-year-old winger is eager to stay at Leeds and lead the club's push for an immediate return to the Premiership after their relegation was confirmed with last Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Charlton.

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