Tottenham have reportedly been looking into the signature of Montpellier's Benjamin Stambouli for several days, and on Monday, it was confirmed the French midfielder will move to White Hart Lane.
The club shared the news via Twitter:
According to Goal's Robin Bairner, Montpellier confirmed the holding midfielder will sing a five-year deal with Spurs:
He also believes the fee to be around €6 million:
The 24-year-old holding midfielder was one of the driving forces behind Montpellier's strong performances in the past few seasons, and he became so instrumental for the club he was appointed one of the youngest team captains in Europe.
Bleacher Report's Andrew Gibney is a big fan of the youngster:
Former England striker Gary Lineker couldn't help himself:
Stromboli has signed for Spurs....sorry Stambouli. When autocorrect does that, I just erupt.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 1, 2014
Stambouli will bring a level of physicality to Tottenham's central midfield, while he also has the versatility to move back one row and play in the back four. He's mainly a defensive enforcer who acts as a vocal leader on the pitch and will do whatever it takes to win, putting his team's fortunes ahead of his own.
As Squawka points out, Spurs have missed his kind of defensive ability in the centre of the pitch:
Benjamin Stambouli won more tackles (83) in the league last season than any Spurs player - M. Dembele closest on 58. pic.twitter.com/0Ei8JwH8fo— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 1, 2014
Offensively, he is a solid passer with a lot of potential for growth, but with Tottenham's abundance of attacking midfielders and wingers, he'll mainly be asked to protect the areas in front of the defence.
For a rumoured fee of €6 million, Stambouli presents extraordinary value on the final day of the summer transfer window. He will likely need time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League, but once he's ready to play, Spurs will have come away with a major coup.