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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2005, 00:57 GMT
Reid and Dawson move to Tottenham
Andy Reid (left) and Michael Dawson
Reid (left) and Dawson have long been Spurs targets
Nottingham Forest duo Andy Reid and Michael Dawson have both completed moves to Tottenham just minutes before the transfer window deadline expired.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Reid, 22, and former England Under-21 skipper Dawson, 21, were the subject of a joint 8m bid from the Premiership club.

"I am just delighted to get it done," Reid told Spurs' official website.

Dawson added: "It's been my dream to play in the Premiership. I can't wait to pull the shirt on and do well."

Both players travelled to north London on Monday evening to discuss personal terms and undergo medicals, with the moves finally agreed shortly before the midnight deadline.

Reid had turned down a move to Southampton after Forest had accepted a cash-plus-players offer.

"It has been talked about for a long time and now I am thrilled that is has all gone through," added Reid.

"I am looking forward to playing Premiership football."

He's a technical footballer with a nice left foot, who can read the game well
Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen on Andy Reid
"I had no hesitation over signing. Tottenham are such a big club and I like the way the chairman, Frank Arnesen and Martin Jol have transformed things.

"They are bringing lots of young players through and I just want to be part of that."

Reid admitted his international ambitions were a major reason for the move.

"If you are playing Premiership football it gives you more of a chance to play every game on the international scene," he said.

"But my main priority at the moment is to try and win a place in the Spurs team."

Centre-back Dawson also cited international ambitions as a factor in his decision.

"I had no doubts about the move whatsoever," he said.

"It was a couple of years ago when I was away with the Under-21s and joined up with the full squad and had a training session.

"In the last couple of years it has quietened down and now Tottenham have come in and given me a chance - I want to grab it with both hands.

"There is big competition for places here and it will bring a lot out of me. I just can't wait."

Tottenham's sporting director Frank Arnesen revealed why he had swooped for the pair.

"Andy can play as a left winger, down the right side or just behind the striker so his arrival complements the squad," said Arnesen.

"He's a technical footballer with a nice left foot, who can read the game well.

"Michael is a great prospect, has captained England Under-21s and outside his obvious playing talents, has a leadership quality in his personality.

They have developed into two of the finest young players in the country
Forest chief executive Mark Arthur
"These are young players who will not only add to our squad now but will take us forward in the next couple of years."

Spurs had seen previous bids of 3m, 4m and 5m for Reid rejected by the Championship club.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "This represents a great opportunity for both of them and we felt we could not stand in their way.

"The contributions of Andy and Michael to Nottingham Forest in recent years has been immense.

"They have been with us since they were schoolboys and have developed into two of the finest young players in the country."






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