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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 12:42 GMT
Tottenham sign midfielder Taarabt
Adel Taarabt
Taarabt made his first-team debut for Lens earlier in the season
Tottenham have signed French midfielder Adel Taarabt on loan from Lens, subject to international clearance.

The 17-year-old has represented France through the age groups and can play as an attacking midfielder, a second striker or on either flank.

Spurs Sporting Director Damien Comolli said: "Adel is recognised as one of the best talents in Europe for his age."

Tottenham have been tracking Taarabt through the season and beat off competition from Chelsea and Arsenal.

"He will be a healthy addition to the squad and is a continuation of our policy of attracting the best young talent as we constantly seek to improve the quality of the team both now and for the future," added Comolli.

"We're especially pleased that we beat several leading Premiership clubs to his signature."

It is a long-term loan deal, but Spurs are not disclosing details of the move or whether it will become permanent.

Taarabt made his debut for Lens earlier in the season but has played just two minutes of first-team football this term.

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