Tottenham sign Federico Fazio from Sevilla

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Tottenham have continued to strengthen their defensive options with the signing of central defender Federio Fazio from Sevilla.

Mauricio Pochettino has clearly identified the Spurs backline as an area for improvement, with Ben Davies, Eric Dier and 'keeper Michel Vorm already joining the Premier League outfit, and having sold Michael Dawson to Hull, a replacement was needed.

Musacchio alternative

After failing to sort out third party ownership issues with Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio, Pochettino has turned to another Argentine centre-back in Fazio.

Spurs have presumably triggered the £8 million release clause in his contract - although the fee has been reported as undisclosed - and will hope be pleased to have wrapped up the transfer before the deadline for Sunday's game versus Liverpool.

Defensive competition

Fazio has two international caps for Argentina and has played in Spain for seven years, featuring 148 times in La Liga for Sevilla. With Dier filling in at right-back and impressing and Younes Kaboul still not completely reliable, Tottenham needed additional cover at centre-half following Dawson's departure.

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Pochettino should know Fazio's ability well, having managed Espanyol in La Liga. The high line and pressing that Pochettino favours requires defenders who have excellent judgement and are quick on the turn, something that Dawson was fallible to.

Fazio's signing should end Pochettino's search for defenders, but rumoured moves away from White Hart Lane for Roberto Soldado and Sandro could see Daniel Levy dipping back into the market.

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