Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been rewarded with a new four-year contract following his progress under boss Harry Redknapp.
Assou-Ekotto, 25, was tipped to leave White Hart Lane last year but has established himself in Redknapp's team and is ahead of Gareth Bale in the pecking order at Spurs.
On Sunday he scored the spectacular opener in the victory against Liverpool, his first for the club more than three years after being scouted by Damien Comolli at Lens.
"He has done very well," Redknapp said at the end of last season. "He was injured last year but I have been very impressed with him as he has been in great form. He has looked an outstanding left-back."
His form earned the French-born player his first caps for Cameroon earlier this year and, with his current deal believed to expire at the end of the campaign, a fresh contract.
Assou-Ekotto's performances at left-back secured him the award of most improved player last season in an accolade given by fans, and it means a left-back is no longer one of Redknapp's priorities.
He is still in the market for a midfielder such as Moussa Sissoko or Scott Brown. Aston Villa's Ashley Young is also on his radar but the Spurs boss does not feel Martin O'Neill wants to sell.
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