Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Manchester United and Liverpool to the signature of Federico Fazio after announcing the capture of the Sevilla defender on a four-year deal.
The 27-year-old arrived in England and underwent a medical earlier today ahead of his £8 million transfer to north London, with the move confirmed on the club's official website on Wednesday afternoon.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino lined up his Argentine compatriot after the club's attempt to sign Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal hit the buffers, having expressed the need to strengthen his defensive department for the 2014/15 campaign.
Michael Dawson's departure from White Hart Lane to Hull City left Tottenham short on first-team options in the middle of defence, and the former Southampton manager will be pleased to have got it over the line prior to the transfer deadline on September 1.
"We need to have different options in this position," Pochettino said. "Okay, we have Younes Kaboul, we have [Jan] Vertonghen, we have Vlad [Chiriches], we have [Eric] Dier, we have [Ezequiel] Fryers, [Milos] Veljkovic.
"All different players, all different characteristics and it's important to add some players and after you can choose in every game the best options."
Spurs are yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season, having recorded back-to-back victories against London rivals West Ham (1-0) and Queens Park Rangers (4-0), leaving them top of the table with a maximum return of six points from the opening two games.
However, it's clear that Pochettino is intent on further adding to his squad with the acquisition of the South American stopper, after the club met Fazio's buyout clause to sanction a move away from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Premier League interest
The La Liga star has not been short of admirers this summer, with the Daily Express suggesting that Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton were all courting the player as well.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is known to be in the market for defensive reinforcements at Old Trafford, despite having already secured the £16 million signature of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.
Brendan Rodgers has also been keen to strengthen his backline at Anfield. The Liverpool manager has brought in Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid and Fazio's former Sevilla team-mate Alberto Moreno, but is intent on adding one more player, which would be the tenth new face on Merseyside this summer.
However, like Manchester United, the Reds will now have to turn attention to alternative options in the final days of the window, after Fazio was formally announced as a Tottenham player this afternoon.