Tottenham sign Serge Aurier for £23m

Tottenham have completed the signing of Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee believed to be in the region of £23m.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier will become a direct replacement for Kyle Walker who left Spurs for Man City for £50m this summer

Serge Aurier a right-back from the Ivory Coast has signed a five-year deal at Spurs after spending two-years with PSG in Ligue 1.

Aurier said after signing: “This is a fresh start for me. I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch,”

“The fans are the most important people at any club and I am looking forward to showing them and everyone at Spurs the real Serge Aurier.”

He will become Spurs fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanches who become Spurs most expensive signing at £42m.

Aurier will become a direct replacement for Kyle Walker, who was sold to Manchester City in a deal worth up to £50m in July.

The right-back joined PSG from Toulouse – initially on loan – in 2014 and has won two French titles and two French cups.

He comes with a history of trouble on and off the pitch which will make him quite an interesting character in the Premier League this term.

While at PSG, he was banned for three European matches after insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers on social media.

Then, in March 2016, he was suspended indefinitely after appearing to use homophobic language to insult coach Laurent Blanc and calling team-mate Angel di Maria a “clown” again on social media.

He returned to the PSG side and made 22 league appearances last season, despite being convicted of elbowing a police officer after leaving a nightclub in May 2016.

He was recently granted a work permit by the UK Home Office which allowed him to complete his move to Spurs.  He was earlier denied entry in to the United Kingdom before PSG’s Champions league game at Arsenal due to his Police conviction.