Tottenham Hotspur complete signing of Lyon’s Clinton Njie
22-year-old will boost Mauricio Pochettino’s strike options following Soldado sale
Spurs have signed Lyon’s Clinton Njie on a five year deal. Photograph: AFP
Tottenham have announced the signing of Clinton Njie from Lyon on a five-year contract.
Spurs have been on the lookout for a new striker for some time, with Friday’s sale of Roberto Soldado to Villarreal and Emmanuel Adebayor not being given a squad number for the new season leaving Harry Kane as the only senior striker on the north London club’s books.
And their search concluded on Saturday, with confirmation of the deal for the Cameroon frontman.
“We’re delighted to announce the signing of Clinton Njie, subject to international clearance and work permit,” the Barclays Premier League club posted on Twitter.
“The 22-year-old joins from Lyon and has signed a contract with the club until 2020.”
Njie, who also celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, can play as a centre-forward or off either flank.
“I’m very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England,” Njie said on www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge — the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.
“The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims.
“Like I said, I’m still learning and I’m here to give my best. I just hope I get the chance to give (back) to the club what they are giving to me.
“I’ve always loved playing football and it’s always been my dream to play professional football so when I had my chance, I had to grab it.”
There will be a familiar face at White Hart Lane for Njie — his former Lyon team-mate Hugo Lloris. The pair had a year together at Les Gones before the goalkeeper — Tottenham’s newly appointed captain — moved to England in 2012.
“He is a very nice person and a good captain,” the forward said. “He has his fighting spirit and his winning spirit and helps the younger players. He is a good leader.”