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Last Updated: Monday, 24 December 2007, 12:25 GMT
Tottenham confirm Gunter transfer
Chris Gunter
Gunter was in the stands as Cardiff beat Sheffield United on Saturday
Tottenham have confirmed Cardiff and Wales full-back Chris Gunter will join them in the January transfer window.

The two clubs have agreed a fee thought to be worth 3m for the 18-year-old made up of an up-front sum with add-ons for appearances and a sell-on clause.

Spurs are short of options on the left with long-term injuries to Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale.

Newport-born Gunter broke into the Bluebirds first team last season and has won three full Wales caps in 2007.

We could have offered him three times the amount Tottenham will offer but he wouldn't have stayed

Cardiff manager Dave Jones

Gunter generally plays at right-back for the Bluebirds, but is also comfortable on the left.

Cardiff have previously suggested that they may have to sell players because of cash-flow problems, with their court case with creditors Langston still pending.

But chairman Peter Ridsdale said the decision to sell Gunter is not directly to help ease the club's financial problems.

"I think with the price itself we would have had to consider it no matter what the situation was financially," he said.

"Clearly given the challenge we've had with Langston, it's made the financial security of the club more acute that we do look at this sort of transfer.

"But if Chris had said he wasn't interested in going, we wouldn't have sold him."

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Gunter made nine full league appearances and six as substitute in the 2006-7 season, and in May became Cardiff's youngest Wales international when he faced New Zealand at the age of 17.

He found himself out of the Bluebirds first team this season, but impressed in Wales' draws with the Republic of Ireland and Germany.

That helped the youngster reclaim his club place, and he played a part in the Bluebirds' climb out of the Championship relegation zone.

Boss Dave Jones added: "We could have offered the boy three times the amount that Tottenham are going to offer him but he wouldn't have stayed.

"He has now moved on to a completely different level."

SEE ALSO
More players could go - Ridsdale
22 Dec 07 |  Cardiff City
Bids mean Cardiff on rise - Jones
30 Nov 07 |  Cardiff City
Cardiff awaiting March court date
12 Dec 07 |  Cardiff City
Pressure grows on Cardiff finance
07 Dec 07 |  Cardiff City
Hectic schedule delights Gunter
27 Nov 07 |  Cardiff City
Injured Bale out for three months
10 Dec 07 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Everton fail in bids for Gunter
22 Jun 07 |  Everton
Gunter and Ledley secure prizes
05 Mar 07 |  Cardiff City
Debutant Gunter wins Jones praise
18 Nov 06 |  Cardiff City
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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