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"Spurs will see Rebrov as a major asset"
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Tuesday, 16 May, 2000, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Spurs seal record Rebrov deal
Sergei Rebrov
Rebrov is one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe
Tottenham have completed the record signing of Ukrainian striker Sergei Rebrov for 11m from Dynamo Kiev.

The transfer fee smashes the north London club's previous record of 6m, paid for Newcastle's Les Ferdinand in 1997.

Rebrov successfully passed a medical and has agreed the terms of a five-year contract with the White Hart Lane club.

The 26-year-old is believed to have been offered a 25,000-a-week deal.

He will return to the Ukraine while Spurs apply for a work permit.

The transfer ends a long quest by Tottenham to capture a top-class goalscorer.

A projected move for Wimbledon's John Hartson fell through when he failed a medical, while speculation concerning Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Atletico Madrid and Celtic's Mark Viduka have so far come to nothing.

Rebrov has become one of the hottest properties in Europe, having scored 100 League goals for Kiev, along with a further 24 in Uefa competitions.

Spurs boss George Graham moved for the 35-times capped international after Glasgow Rangers and Arsenal's attempts to sign Rebrov both stalled.

"They managed to find a common language with me," Rebrov said of Tottenham. "I am looking forward to playing in England. I like it better than Italian football, although I can't explain why.

"But at a club like Tottenham there's a trainer (Graham) who gets the strikers to run and get the ball. I am used to that. I have played like that all the time.

"We (my wife and I) were all set to go to Glasgow to have a look around," Rebrov added when news of the Spurs negotiations broke, "but there was a problem with the transfer and we couldn't complete the deal.

"Arsenal didn't do a deal because they are playing in the Uefa Cup and all their transfer policies will be decided after the Cup final."

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