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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 January, 2005, 18:59 GMT
Tottenham pull off double signing
Mido
Egypt's Mido has joined on an 18-month loan deal from Roma
Tottenham have brought two new strikers to the club.

Egypt's Mido, 21, has joined on an 18-month loan deal from Roma while Mounir El Hamdaoui has joined on a full transfer from Excelsior Rotterdam.

El Hamdaoui, 20, who has been capped by Holland at Under-21 level but wants to play for Morocco, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.

The pair will provide competition for Spurs strikers Jermain Defoe, Frederic Kanoute and Robbie Keane.

Mido, who was the subject of a late bid by Southampton, is set to make Tottenham his sixth club in as many years.

The 21-year-old is currently banished from Egypt's international set-up after persistently failing to turn up for duty.

Egypt's former coach Marco Tardelli insisted he would not pick the striker again and his stance was backed by the country's footballing bosses.

El Hamdaoui
El Hamdaoui has been capped by Holland at Under-21 level
At Ajax, Mido scored at a rate of one goal every other game and was voted the Dutch league's young player of the year, but after being substituted on one occasion he told the club he was leaving in a television interview.

Coach Ronald Koeman refused to pick him again and loaned him to Celta Vigo before selling him to Marseille, where his performances alongside Didier Drogba led to a 4.5m switch to Roma.

Mido now insists he is a reformed character.

"I am not a failure just because of what has happened in the past two years.

"I have matured a lot and I arrive at Tottenham with a different mentality - I have always wanted to play in the Premier League."

El Hamdaoui represented Holland at Under-21 level but has since pledged his international future to Morocco.







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