Serge Aurier has been granted a work-permit to take his career to England, with a £23million move to Tottenham Hotspur set to be confirmed within hours.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side agreed a fee with Paris Saint Germain for the fullback last week, and he has now completed his medical and agreed personal terms with the Premier League outfit.
The French club had given Aurier a midday deadline to sort out his work permit, otherwise he would instead have joined either Barcelona or Juventus where such documentation is not required.
But the 24-year-old – who has appealed against a two-month suspended jail sentence for assaulting a police officer – had his heart set on a move to Spurs despite the interest from Spain and Italy.
Indeed, Sky Sports also claim both Chelsea and Manchester United were keen on the controversial defender, but the chance to work with Pochettino was a key factor in making his decision.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have completed the signing of 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth after a summer-long pursuit, with the Estudiantes youngster signing a five-year contract at the club.
“I really like this club,” Foyth told Spurs TV. “I have always followed it since I was a boy. I know the club has great history and is one of the biggest clubs in England. I’m very happy to be here.
“It’s a dream for me. I also know that many young players are in the team at the moment, I think there is a wonderful project here. It’s a club that believes in young players and I am very pleased to be here.”