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Last Updated: Monday, 3 January, 2005, 20:56 GMT
Davenport joins Saints on loan
Former Coventry defender Calum Davenport
England Under-21 centre-back Calum Davenport has joined Southampton on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old becomes Harry Redknapp's first signing since taking charge at St Mary's.

Davenport signed for Tottenham from Coventry in the summer and was loaned out to West Ham earlier this season.

Southampton hope to register Davenport in time for him to be eligible for the home match against Fulham on Wednesday.

"I am really looking forward to it," Davenport told the Southampton website. "This will be a huge challenge for me and the chance to have a run of games in the Premiership.

"The good thing is that this deal is until the end of the season so it is up to me to ensure I get a run of matches.

"Southampton are a good club and we can definitely stay up but we need to pick up some points quickly.

"Hopefully Wednesday night can kickstart the season for the club - and for me."

Tottenham's sporting director Frank Arnesen said: "He did very well at West Ham and we took him back because we had injury problems in defence at the time.

"We needed him but now everything is okay and, as Calum himself wants to play, it is a good idea for him to go on loan again.

"This is ideal for us, Southampton want him and I think it is very good for Calum and Tottenham in that we can see him play at the highest level. He will hopefully get a lot of games - that is what it is all about."

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