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Spurs have completed their second signing of the summer

The signing seems to suggest a change of emphasis in the club’s transfer policy.

Kieran Trippier (right) battles for the ball with new teammate Nacer Chadli.
Kieran Trippier (right) battles for the ball with new teammate Nacer Chadli.
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SPURS HAVE COMPLETED the signing of Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier on a five-year deal.

The 24-year-old moves to Spurs for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be in the region of £3.5 million. Trippier spent four season at Turf Moor and made 185 appearances, starting every Premier League game last season. But, he now departs the club after their relegation to the Championship.

Trippier had his breakout season in 203-14, making 12 assists as the Clarets rocketed to promotion. He carried that form into last season, making four assists from 51 chances creates. He will now provide stiff competition for Kyle Walker, who has been plagued with injuries over the last few seasons.

“When I first heard that the club was interested I didn’t have to think twice,” Trippier said. “It’s such a big club and now I just can’t wait to get started and show everyone what I can do.”

Trippier added: “I’ll take every opportunity I get with both hands and hopefully play my part for everyone at the club. Whenever I get a chance, I want to do well for the other players, the staff and, of course, the fans.”

Trippier becomes Mauricio Pochettino’s second signing of the summer after the signing of 22-year-old centre-half Kevin Wimmer, who joined from Cologne for €6m. These two signings seem to suggest a change of emphasis in the club’s transfer policy.

Two summers ago, they lost Gareth Bale and reacted by splashing out over £110m on seven players. It’s fair to say that the majority of these players have failed to live up to expectations and it now seems like Spurs are prioritizing the signing of younger, more promising players — ideally British ones.

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