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Tottenham Hotspur complete £11m deal for Wales defender Joe Rodon

Wales centre back Joe Rodon has joined Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year deal. ― Reuters pic Wales centre back Joe Rodon has joined Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year deal. ― Reuters pic
Cary Erickson | 18 October, 2020, 22:08

Tottenham have completed the signing of Swansea defender Joe Rodon in a deal worth an initial £11m rising to £15m, subject to global clearance.

The Wales worldwide central defender joins on a contract until 2025 and will wear the number 14 shirt.

Rodon, 22, worked his way up through Swansea's youth academy and made his debut during the beginning stages of the 2018-19 season.

Rodon, a week shy of his 23rd birthday, started all three of Wales' matches during the global break against England, Ireland and Bulgaria.

Rodon started all of Wales' matches during the recent global break and will be united with compatriots Gareth Bale and Ben Davies at Tottenham.

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As well as making Giovani Lo Celso's move from Real Betis permanent, Spurs have also signed Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius, Joe Hart and Gareth Bale.

The 22-year-old joins Jose Mourinho's side on a five-year deal having been a long-term target for Spurs. He called the long-serving Spurs chairman Daniel Levy a "genius".

"It is a great opportunity to publicly thank my boss, my board, Mr. Levy, the structure, [head of recruitment] Steve [Hitchen] because what they did for the team was unbelievable", Mourinho said.

"I always loved playing football, and here I am".

Rodon's signing takes their reported transfer spend to a little under £100 million, less than seven months on from their initial decision to impose a 20 per cent pay cut on 550 staff members due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.