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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Robinson seals Spurs move
Tottenham's Paul Robinson
Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has completed his 1.5m move to Tottenham.

The 24-year-old England international signed for Spurs on Friday and said: "I am happy to be a Tottenham player."

Robinson almost moved to White Hart Lane for 2.5m in January but Spurs' plan to loan him back to Leeds went against Premier League rules.

He said: "It was difficult for me during the transfer window because Leeds are close to my heart, but I am very happy to be here now."

Tottenham's January swoop for Robinson collapsed because Premier League rules stipulate that clubs cannot pay for a player in advance of them joining their new team.

Robinson said he did not know who his new manager would be, adding: "I am happy to play for any manager - hopefully someone will be in place soon and then we will all know who he is."

The goalkeeper consulted former Leeds team mate Nick Barmby and his one-time Elland Road boss Terry Venables about Tottenham, where they had been together in the early 1990s.

"I spoke to Nick and Terry and they both told me Spurs is a massive club with great potential, and they seem to be going in the right direction. I did not take much convincing.

"The chairman has assured me that there will be more quality signings made this summer and a new manager, and we'll be looking for a Uefa Cup spot next season."

Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner said: "We are very pleased with the deal for Paul and we wish him every success at Tottenham. Despite reports to the contrary it was the best offer made for him.

"None of the top four Premiership clubs were interested or had an opening for him, so the market was very limited regardless of his enormous talents."

Krasner also claimed Robinson was "the highest paid goalkeeper in England" and added: "We have made no secret that the wage bill at the club has to come down."




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