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Last Updated: Monday, 17 July 2006, 07:23 GMT 08:23 UK
Tottenham closing in on Duff deal
Damien Duff
Duff was Chelsea's 17m record signing in 2003
Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Chelsea's Damien Duff, according to reports.

The 27-year-old winger is thought to have completed a medical on Sunday and is expected to make his move across the capital in the next few days.

The Republic of Ireland star, who moved to Chelsea from Blackburn for 17m in 2003, has a year left on his contract.

Duff has won two Premiership titles at Chelsea but has struggled to hold down a regular slot in the starting line-up.

He reported back for pre-season training on Monday at their Cobham base as speculation mounted that he was about to leave Stamford Bridge for White Hart Lane.

Duff would be the fourth signing of the summer after Dimitar Berbatov, Didier Zokora and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

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Since Jose Mourinho replaced Claudio Ranieri as boss in 2004, Duff has been hampered by knee and shoulder injuries, and the summer arrival of Michael Ballack has put his place in the side under further threat.

The signing of Ballack and striker Andriy Shevchenko could mean that Mourinho will revert to a 4-4-2 to accomodate his new signings, leaving fewer opportunites for Chelsea's wingers.

Duff began his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1996 and made over 200 appearances for the Lancashire club.

Since moving to London, Duff has featured 95 times for the Premiership champions.

He was joined at Chelsea's first training session by new signings Salomon Kalou and Hilario.

Duff, Carlo Cudicini, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Geremi and Lassana Diarra were also involved in the sessions.

Chelsea's World Cup stars are expected to begin pre-season training over the next two weeks.



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