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Tottenham secure Chimbonda return

Pascal Chimbonda
Chimbonda was a Carling Cup winner with Tottenham last season

Tottenham have signed defender Pascal Chimbonda from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

It is a return to White Hart Lane for the France international, 29, who made 16 appearances for Sunderland following his move from Spurs last summer.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said: "I'm delighted to have him. He can play in any of the back four positions."

Wigan originally signed him from French side Bastia before his first move to Spurs in August 2006 for 4.5m.

Redknapp revealed his disappointment with Chimbonda signing 15 minutes too late, denying him the chance to play in Tuesday's home Premier League game against Stoke.

"He's a player I've always liked when he was at Tottenham before," Redknapp added.

"He plays with energy, he gets forward, he's a great attacking full-back.

"He was in the team of the year in the Premier League a couple of years back. I'm pleased to have him here. I tried to get him when he was at Wigan."

Chimbonda only lasted one season with Wigan before his form at right-back prompted Tottenham to seal his signature in 2006.

After a promising start at the Stadium of Light, he lost his place in the side under former manager Roy Keane, but had been showing a return of form, having started the last four games for Sunderland.

Black Cats boss Ricky Sbragia revealed earlier on Monday that Chimbonda had struggled to settle at the club and said: "We had an opportunity to maybe make things a little bit happier for him."

Tottenham also signed the 35-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini on Monday, on a free transfer.

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Cudicini makes Tottenham switch
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Sunderland resist Jones approach
26 Jan 09 |  Sunderland
Chimbonda keen to fight for place
09 Sep 08 |  Sunderland
Chimbonda signs up for Sunderland
26 Jul 08 |  Sunderland
Tottenham complete Chimbonda deal
31 Aug 06 |  Tottenham

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