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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 13:23 GMT
Spurs complete signing of Hutton
Alan Hutton
Hutton is highly rated and was linked with Man Utd
Tottenham have completed the protracted transfer of defender Alan Hutton from SPL leaders Rangers.

The 23-year-old Scotland right-back, who has six caps, has joined for a fee believed to be in the region of 9m.

"We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Glasgow Rangers for the transfer of Alan Hutton," said a statement on Tottenham's website.

Spurs boss Juande Ramos has also signed centre-back Jonathan Woodgate in the transfer window to bolster his defence.

The White Hart Lane club and Rangers had agreed a fee for Hutton at the start of the transfer window but the player turned down the chance of a switch to Spurs.

Hutton signed a new five-year deal with the Ibrox side last July and any potential move to the north London club looked over after the player rejected a second bid.

I am sure he will blossom into one of the best right-backs around

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson

But Spurs maintained their interest in him and, after upping the terms on offer, have managed to lure him away from Ibrox.

Hutton was also linked with a move to Manchester United, but could now make his debut against the Premier League champions when Spurs host the Old Trafford side on Saturday.

"The last 12 months have been fantastic for me personally and I have received great support from the Rangers fans," Hutton told the Rangers website.

"That meant a lot and helped give me the confidence to take the next step in my career.

"I wish Rangers every success for the season and in the future and, although I'm sad to leave, there is no doubt my transfer is good not just for me but for the Rangers."

Rangers boss Walter Smith had earlier said he was sorry to see Hutton leave the club, adding: "The clubs agreed a fee a couple of weeks ago and it was up to Alan to decide what he wanted to do.

"He took his time as he has told me that he was enjoying his football here and he wasn't in too much of a rush to go anywhere.

"But, as the weeks have gone on, he has decided it was the right time for him and we wish him well in that respect.


"Throughout the club there is disappointment that he's leaving, but clearly it was an offer we couldn't turn down.

"Steven Whittaker now has an opportunity to get a regular game in a position he is more comfortable in."

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson wished Hutton well.

"Hutts has been a tremendous player for us and I'm sad to see him go," he said.

"But it was a lot of money and the club obviously needed it. I am sure he will blossom into one of the best right-backs around."

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