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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
Tottenham agree fee for Berbatov
Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov
Berbatov was the top scorer for Leverkusen this season
Tottenham have agreed a fee of 10.9m for Bayer Leverkusen's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.

He has agreed personal terms and will sign on 1 July, subject to being granted a work permit.

"I've watched Spurs for a couple of months, how they play and have grown, and I hope to do something special here," the 25-year-old told BBC Sport.

"They tried to buy me in January but they (Leverkusen) said no. Spurs waited and have now signed me."

The Bulgaria international added: "I came here to try to do my best with guys in the team. It's a team sport and I'm looking forward to trying."

Berbatov finished second in the Bundesliga scoring charts with 21 goals in 34 games this season and has scored 31 goals in 50 games for Bulgaria.

He is a tall, skilful, highly-talented striker with a proven track record
Spurs' sporting director Damien Comolli

He made his name with CSKA Sofia before joining Leverkusen in the 2000-2001 season and was part of the side that made the final of the Champions League in 2002.

Spurs' sporting director Damien Comolli added: "There were a number of clubs interested in signing Dimitar, clubs from France, Spain and the Premiership.

"We are delighted he has chosen to join us. He is a tall, skilful, highly-talented striker who not only has a proven track record of being able to finish, but also of creating scoring opportunities for team-mates."

Berbatov joins a roster of strikers that includes Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Mido.

However, Egyptian international Mido is coming to the end of his 18-month loan spell and a succession of injuries means Jol may not take up the option to sign him permanently.

The 10.9m will be the second highest fee paid by Spurs, whose record transfer is the 11m paid for Sergei Rebrov from Dynamo Kiev in 2000.



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