Tottenham Hotspurs have taken their summer spending towards the £60m mark after completing the signature of Etienne Capoue from French club Toulouse.
The 25-year old becomes Andre Villas-Boas' fourth summer signing after joining for a fee believed to be in the range of £9m.
As well as the signing of Capoue, AVB has also splashed the cash on Brazilian international Paulinho, winger Nacer Chadli, and Roberto Soldado from Valencia in a club record fee of £26m.
Capoue, whose ideal position is as a defensive midfielder, can also play as a centre half - versatility that could be key for Spurs Premier League opening, with AVB short of defensive options.
Villas-Boas has been left sweating on the fitness of Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul who are returning from injury.
Capoue could be Michael Dawson's defensive partnership - with Steven Caulker in Spurs' opening fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Capoue's arrival is likely to see the end of Scott Parker's future at White Hart Lane, as his proposed move to Queens Park Rangers is now likely to happen now that Capoue's transfer has been confirmed.
As well as Parker's departure, Spurs have also seen Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore leave the North London club, with the midfield duo moving both Premier League new boys Hull City.
Villas-Boas will now be hoping Tottenham's spending will see Gareth Bale opt to stay, rather than make a world record move to Real Madrid.
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