Spurs strengthen again with Chadli capture

Belgian international forward Nacer Chadli has become Tottenham Hotspur FC's second summer recruit, joining Paulinho in north London after a reported €9m move from FC Twente.

Nacer Chadli (right) trains with Tottenham during their pre-season tour of Hong Kong
Nacer Chadli (right) trains with Tottenham during their pre-season tour of Hong Kong ©Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur FC have further strengthened their squad ahead of the new season with the capture of Belgium forward Nacer Chadli from FC Twente.

The 23-year-old joins international team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembélé at White Hart Lane, agreeing personal terms and completing a medical after a reported €9m fee was accepted for his services.

The Liege-born winger began his career across the border with Dutch second-tier side AGOVV Apeldoorn before moving to then Eredivisie champions Twente in the summer of 2010. Chadli registered his first UEFA Champions League goal against Tottenham in the 2010/11 season, during a 4-1 defeat in England, and would score three times in six matches in that European campaign. In total he made 106 competitive outings for the Tukkers, netting 31 goals, while helping them to the quarter-finals and the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League.

"Chadli's a player we've been following for quite some time," said Spurs manager André Villas-Boas. "He's a player who is extremely versatile and can play in several positions up front. He played with tremendous success on the left wing for Twente and as an attacker for Belgium." Brazil midfielder Paulinho was the north London outfit's first summer recruit, landed for €19m from club world champions SC Corinthians Paulista earlier this month.