Clinton Njie joins Tottenham: Spurs announce signing of Lyon forward on five-year deal

 

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of Cameroonian forward Clinton Njie from Lyon on a five-year deal.

Njie, who turned 22 today, moves for an undisclosed fee previously reported to be worth up to £12million.

With the sale of Roberto Soldao to Villarreall and Mauricio Pochettino no longer considering Emmanuel Adebayor as part of his plans, Harry Kane was left as the only striker in the squad.

Tottenham are said to be continuing their search for more firepower - with Saido Berahino linked - but Njie provides cover; e can also play on either wing and behind the striker.

"We're delighted to announce the signing of Clinton Njie, subject to international clearance and work permit," the Barclays Premier League club posted on Twitter.

"The 22-year-old joins from Lyon and has signed a contract with the club until 2020."

Njie, who also celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, can play as a centre-forward or off either flank.

He becomes Spurs' fourth summer signing, after Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld.

"I'm very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England," Njie said on the club website.

"I'm still young, still growing up and it's a big challenge - the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.

"The club is ambitious and I'm ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims.

"Like I said, I'm still learning and I'm here to give my best. I just hope I get the chance to give (back) to the club what they are giving to me.

"I've always loved playing football and it's always been my dream to play professional football so when I had my chance, I had to grab it."

There will be a familiar face at White Hart Lane for Njie - his former Lyon team-mate Hugo Lloris. The pair had a year together at Les Gones before the goalkeeper - Tottenham's newly appointed captain - moved to England in 2012.

"He is a very nice person and a good captain," the forward said. "He has his fighting spirit and his winning spirit and helps the younger players. He is a good leader."

Additional reporting from PA

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