Étienne Capoue signs for Tottenham Hotspur

Etienne Capoue
French international Étienne Capoue has joined Spurs from Ligue 1 side Toulouse.

Capoue joins Tottenham in an £8.6m move. He will sign a five-year deal at Spurs. The player arrived in London on last Friday to complete his medical.

The player was the subject of a bid from Cardiff City a couple of weeks ago. Toulouse accepted the offer but the transfer stalled after Capoue failed to agree personal terms with the Welsh club, whilst reportedly holding out for better offers. Capoue was said to also be a target for north London rivals Arsenal.

Multi-versatile Capoue will add extra options for the holding midfield positions and can also fill in as a central defender.

The 25-year old defensive midfielder was one of the stand-out performers in Ligue 1 last year, despite Toulouse finishing mid-table. Capoue made 34 league appearances for Toulouse last season, scoring 7 goals and providing 3 assists. Last season the player made 81 tackles (2.4 per game), 87 interceptions (2.6 per game), 165 clearances (4.9 per game) and committed 61 fouls (1.8 per game) for Toulouse in Ligue 1.

Capoue joined Toulouse’s under-18 team in 2005. He made his professional debut for Toulouse’s first team in 2007 as a substitute in a 1-0 home win over Lille. Capoue has made 196 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists. His disciplinary record whilst at Toulouse reads 49 yellow cards, and 2 sending-offs (after 2 yellow cards).

Capoue has been capped by France at U18, U19, U21 and senior level. He made his full international debut in August 2012 in an international friendly against Uruguay. Capoue scored his first goal for Les Bleus against Belarus in a World Cup qualifier in September 2012. France won the game 3-1.

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