Mousa Dembele cannot wait to get started at Tottenham after joining the north London club from Fulham in a move that has cast further doubt on the future of Rafael van der Vaart.
Spurs and Fulham confirmed the transfer of Dembele for a fee understood to be in the region of £15 million ($23 million) yesterday after the player passed a medical and agreed a five-year contract.
"I'm happy to join Spurs. It's a fantastic club," the 25-year-old
"You can see over the last few years that Spurs have played well. Everybody knows it's a good team and a good club and that's why I wanted to come here.
"The club have plans to do lots of good things and that's why I want to be a part of it."
Dembele is particularly looking forward to linking up with compatriot and fellow new boy Jan Vertonghen, who moved to White Hart Lane from Ajax last month.
"I know Jan from when I was 10 years old. We played together then," Dembele added. "I know him well. He's a great guy and he's said a lot of good things about this club.
"He says there are friendly people here and, for me, that's very important – to feel great somewhere. I'm sure I will here."
The news of Dembele's arrival followed a declaration by Hamburg that they would do everything possible to re-sign
The Netherlands forward has been strongly linked with a return to his former club but the Bundesliga side's chairman,
"There is not a lot of time – it is really up to Tottenham Hotspur," he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
"If we have a chance to sign him, we will do everything we can to make that happen."
That opportunity could present itself now Tottenham has successfully begun to sign some of its own targets during what looks set to be another frantic final 48 hours of a summer transfer window at White Hart Lane.
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