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By ESPN Staff

Tottenham sign Lens starlet Taarabt on loan

Tottenham have agreed to sign French midfielder Adel Taarabt on loan from Lens.

The 17-year-old will move to White Hart Lane after his registration is sent from the French Football Federation.

Taarabt has represented France at junior levels and can play as an attacking midfielder or supporting striker.

Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli told Spurs' official website: 'Adel is recognised as one of the best talents in Europe for his age group and as a club we're especially pleased that we beat several leading Premiership clubs to his signature.

'He will be a healthy addition to the squad and is a continuation of our policy of attracting the best young talent as we constantly seek to improve the quality of the team both now and for the future.'

The move is understood to be a long-term loan, and Taarabt may eventually sign permanently.

Spurs boss Martin Jol has invested in the best young British talent since his appointment in 2004, with Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson currently in the first team.

The Dutchman has explained that the transfer market meant he could not continue this trend last summer, but he still brought younger players such as Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Dorian Dervite to the club.

Assou-Ekotto has enjoyed a run in the first team while Dervite has played in the reserves, which is where Taarabt may start initially.