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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 1, 2008

Spurs manage to revive deal for Gilberto

Tottenham finished off their January transfers with the arrival of Gilberto from Hertha Berlin late on deadline day - and the still later confirmation of Jermain Defoe's departure to Portsmouth. Brazil left-back Gilberto, who can operate in midfield, was at Spurs' training ground yesterday to complete the transfer and joined Jonathan Woodgate, Alan Hutton and Chris Gunter as Juande Ramos' recruits. The player was out of contract at the end of the season and arrived at White Hart Lane on a permanent deal worth around £2million. Spurs - who waved goodbye to England striker Defoe around midnight when his move to Pompey was finally confirmed - insist the delay in the deal for Gilberto was due to the player needing to return to Germany for paperwork, rather than problems arising from his medical. The 31-year-old provides cover at left-back following long-term injuries to Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Spurs, at home to Manchester United in the Premier League tomorrow, also agreed to let Anthony Gardner and Paul Stalteri go on loan - to Everton and Fulham respectively. Ramos and Defoe fell out after a training-ground incident at the start of the month but then patched up their relationship, and the striker had talked about signing a new deal. However, his lack of action has alerted other Premier League clubs. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp, who worked with Defoe at West Ham, was monitoring the striker's situation in the summer - but no deal was agreed. With Defoe starting just three Premier League matches this season, Redknapp made his move and a fee was agreed earlier on deadline day. Redknapp added: 'He will be a great signing for us. He wants to play and he needs to play.' Meanwhile, Hutton could make his debut tomorrow. He has revealed Ramos' role in signing him from Rangers for £8million. 'What influenced my decision was a lot to do with coming down and meeting the head coach and hearing his plans for the club,' said Hutton. 'That helped me make up my mind. 'Leaving Rangers was a decision I had to take time to think about, and it was hard for me having grown up supporting the club as well as playing for them for many years. It was a hard decision - but I think it's the right one overall. 'The Premier League is one of the best in the world, and everybody knows that - so I think you have to take the step down here to show people what you've got. 'I think I've got good attributes in terms of getting forward and hope I can add them to the team.'

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