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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 31, 2006

Wigan accept increased Spurs bid for Chimbonda

Tottenham have finally had a bid accepted for Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda having pursued the French full-back throughout the summer.

The Latics have confirmed Spurs' 'improved fee' has been accepted and Chimbonda has been given permission to speak to Tottenham.

Wigan have rejected several advances from clubs for the services of Chimbonda after he handed in a transfer request minutes after the last game of the season at Arsenal.

Tottenham hope to make the 27-year-old their second signing of the day before tonight's transfer deadline following Steed Malbranque's arrival.

Wigan said the transfer would mean 'the biggest fee Wigan Athletic have ever received for one of their players'.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell told the club's website: 'I think we have been strong enough to hold out for what we think Pascal is worth.

'I had a price in mind all along and was never prepared to accept anything less than that.'

Tottenham signed Malbranque despite the Fulham midfielder being out of action for another two months.

Tottenham paid around £2million for the French midfielder with winger Wayne Routledge moving to Craven Cottage on a season-long loan.

Malbranque played more than 200 games in all competitions for the Cottagers after joining from Lyon at the start of the 2001-02 season and scored 32 goals in 160 starts in the Premiership.

Tottenham coach Martin Jol was delighted to have obtained the services of the versatile 26-year-old, who was also linked with West Ham and Newcastle.

Jol said: 'Steed is a skilful, versatile midfielder of real quality.

'He is a player we have always admired and we are delighted he has come to us, there were a number of other clubs interested. He is a player who can cover the left, centre and right midfield positions and will work well within our system.'

Malbranque, who is currently sidelined with a groin problem, said: 'Tottenham is a big club and it's a fantastic new challenge for me. It's an excellent squad and I'm looking forward to joining.

'I will be working hard on my recovery and rehabilitation in order to be ready to play as soon as possible.'

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