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Stoke refused to cover Spurs payment for Asmir Begovic

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic
Begovic is yet to make a first-team appearance for Stoke City

Stoke City have revealed they refused to cover the £1m payment that Tottenham made to Portsmouth for the transfer of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Spurs paid the money up front as part of a joint deal for Begovic, who ended up joining Stoke, and Younes Kaboul.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio Stoke: "We were aware of that during the negotiations.

"They [Portsmouth] wanted us to pay more to compensate for that, but we weren't prepared to do that."

Begovic joined Stoke on transfer deadline day for £3.25m, although Kaboul did complete his move to White Hart Lane during the transfer window.

The debt to Tottenham over a player who never played for the White Hart Lane club was one of the dealings revealed on Wednesday when the full list of Portsmouth's £119m debts was made public.

It had been incorrectly suggested the £1m Tottenham were owed was some kind of sell-on clause, but Spurs have insisted they came to the arrangement with Portsmouth to try to help the debt-ridden club, and the say they are justified in their debt demand.



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