Two more join Tot­ten­ham

Chiriches and Lamela be­come the fifth and sixth ac­qui­si­tions

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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s sum­mer spend­ing spree passed the £ 90 mil­lion ( Dh511.4m) mark when they com­pleted the sign­ing of Erik Lamela from Roma yes­ter­day.

Vlad Chiriches be­came the club’s fifth sum­mer pur­chase, yes­ter­day morn­ing, when he com­pleted his £8.5m move from Steaua Bucharest and, four hours later, the North Lon­don club con­firmed they had signed Lamela, 21, for fee thought to be around £25.8m.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce that we’ve reached agree­ment with AS Roma for the trans­fer of Erik Lamela,” Tot­ten­ham said on their Twit­ter feed.

Lamela, who has three Ar­gentina caps, moved to Roma from River Plate two years ago and scored 21 goals in 67 ap­pear­ances for the Ital­ian club, where he played in a num­ber of po­si­tions across mid­field.

Lamela ar­rived in Lon­don on Wed­nes­day, but Tot­ten­ham would not comment on the player’s po­ten­tial sign­ing for fear that an­other club might snatch the mid­fielder from un­der their noses with an 11th-hour bid.

Tot­ten­ham have now spent ap­prox­i­mately £92.8m in this trans­fer win­dow fol­low­ing the sign­ings of Lamela, Chiriches, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli as they bid to im­prove on last sea­son’s fifth-place fin­ish in the Pre­mier League.

Else­where, Manch­ester United have seen an of­fer for the Ath­letic Bil­bao mid­fielder An­der Her­rera re­jected by the Span­ish club.

Ath­letic said they dis­missed a bid from United on Thurs­day night that fell short of the buy-out clause in his con­tract, and stressed there was no room for ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Josu Ur­ru­tia, the Ath­letic pres­i­dent, said: “Yes we re­ceived an of­fer last night, an of­fi­cial of­fer from Manch­ester United. When there’s some­thing, I’ll con­firm it.

“Our club is dif­fer­ent, our club is

To break con­tract with Ath­letic, first they have to tell us they want to leave, and that’s not the case with An­der, at the mo­ment Josu Ur­ru­tia Ath­letic Bil­bao club pres­i­dent on Manch­ester United’s of­fer for An­der Her­rera

spe­cial, it’s based on sen­ti­ment. Our ob­jec­tive as a club is not to make money through our play­ers, but to have the best per­for­mances pos­si­ble.

“To break a con­tract with Ath­letic, first they have to tell us they want to leave, and that’s not the case with An­der, at the mo­ment. Then they have to pay the buy-out clause in his con­tract, and that’s not the case here ei­ther.”

Her­rera’s buy-out clause is be­ing re­ported by Span­ish me­dia as €36 mil­lion (Dh174.5m).

United take on Liver­pool to­mor­row at An­field, and the Liver­pool man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers has been given mixed news ahead of the game on the in­jury front.

The defender Aly Cis­sokho, brought in on loan from Va­len­cia, has been ruled out for at least a month with an an­kle in­jury, but the in­juries Kolo Toure and Joe Allen picked up dur­ing the Cap­i­tal One Cup vic­tory over Notts County in mid­week were not as bad as first feared.

Rodgers said: Toure’s in­jury is nowhere near as bad as we thought … I think we were all think­ing he might be out for longer af­ter the game but he’s made an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery.

“Joe like­wise. It was only a Grade 1 strain, so he may be doubt­ful for the week­end but cer­tainly af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, he’ll be fine.

“Aly Cis­sokho will be slightly dif­fer­ent. He could be four to six weeks, which is a blow be­cause he came in and trained re­ally well last week.

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