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Spurs capture Naughton and Walker

Kyle Naughton (left) and Kyle Walker
Naughton (left) and Walker each broke into the Blades team last season

Tottenham have signed defenders Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker from Championship side Sheffield United.

Everton had bid £5m to land Naughton, while Aston Villa were also believed to be admirers of the 20-year-old, who has instead opted for Spurs.

A fee has not been disclosed but could be close to the £10m mark for the duo.

Walker will return to Bramall Lane on loan as part of the deal with Spurs, and the Blades will also be able to take Tottenham players on loan.

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell said: "Having Walker available is a very important part of our strategy and it's exciting to have the chance to talk with Tottenham and judge whether any other of their players might fit into our squad.

"If we think that someone could help us we could take them on a short-term loan throughout August and, if required, extend it to a season-long arrangement after that."

606: DEBATE

Naughton started off last season at right-back but switched to the left to accommodate Walker after he broke into the first-team late in the campaign.

The highly-rated defender had been at Bramall Lane since the age of eight and came through the same youth system as Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

Gretna had him on loan during the 2007/2008 season before Naughton made his Blades debut in August 2008.

He made 50 appearances as he helped Sheffield United to last season's Championship play-off final, where the Bramall Lane outfit lost to Burnley.

The England Under-21 full-back's impressive form saw him earn a place in the PFA championship team of the year.

Walker joined the Blades at seven and, after a brief loan spell at Northampton last season, he returned to play in their final five league games, including their three play-off ties.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has drafted in the duo, despite having full-backs Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gareth Bale, Pascal Chimbonda, Vedran Corluka, Alan Hutton and Gilberto already at the club.



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