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Spurs sign Kranjcar from Pompey

Niko Kranjcar
Kranjcar will provide immediate cover for the injured Luka Modric at Spurs

Tottenham have completed the deadline-day signing of Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth.

The 25-year-old, signed by Harry Redknapp for Pompey in 2008, rejoins his former boss after a deal of about £2m was agreed between the clubs.

Everton made a late, rival approach for Kranjcar, but the player turned down their overtures in favour of Spurs.

"I'm really delighted. I signed Niko for Portsmouth. He's a fantastic player," said manager Redknapp.

"I've already got two fantastic Croatian players - [Luka] Modric and Vedran Corluka - who can help him settle in."


Kranjcar, who has signed a four-year contract at White Hart Lane, admitted his personal ties to Tottenham were a factor in his decision.

"Everton is also a big club but, in the end, the tradition and greatness of Tottenham made the difference," he said.

"I also knew manager Harry Redknapp, and Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka told me great things about the club."

Kranjcar is expected to provide immediate cover for injured compatriot Modric, who fractured a bone in his leg against Birmingham on Saturday.

In the long-term he will battle for a midfield spot alongside the likes of David Bentley, who had been linked with a move to Manchester City or Everton, but who remains a Tottenham player with the window closed.

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