Tottenham confirm signature of FC Twente’s Nacer Chadli

Belgian international winger Nacer Chadli is believed to have agreed terms with Tottenham Hotspur.  The £7million deal is believed to see the FC Twente player sign on a five year deal.

The Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane will now be at three, with ex-Fulham player Mousa Dembele already at the club since his switch from their London rivals at the beginning of last season and Jan Vertongen having joined from Ajax last summer.

A statement from Tottenham stated: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with FC Twente for the transfer of Nacer Chadli.

“Subject to personal terms and medical, the Belgian international winger will join up with the squad for pre-season training in Hong Kong.”

Chadli played his youth football at JS Thier-à-Liège, Standard Liege and MVV Maastricht.  While at MVV he was picked up by AGOVV Apeldoorn, a Dutch second division side.  In three years at the club between 2007 and 2010 he would go on to score 28 goals in 89 appearances.

Chadli signed for FC Twente in 2010 and the following season broke into the first team squad.  He made his first Champions League appearance that September and scored his first Champions League goal against his new club also that same month.

As a dual citizen of both Belgium and Morocco, the 23-year-old was allowed play for either country.  He did in fact make his debut for Morocco in 2010 in a friendly international but then switched allegiance to Belgium a year later and has since played 16 times for the national side, scoring twice.

Andre Villas Boas will be happy with the signature of the talented player, especially after losing out on Christian Benteke who has decided to stay at Aston Villa.  Villa Boas has also had to deal with the constant barrage of questions over the future of Welsh winger Gareth Bale.

Having secured the signingg of the impressive Paulinho earlier this month from Corinthians, the Spurs boss will be happy to have bolstered his midfield ahead of the new season.

And it might not stop there with the Portuguese manager also interested in bringing the likes of James McCarthy, Angel Di Maria, Loic Remy, Roberto Soldado and Leandro Damiao to the North London club.

While Scott Parker and Danny Rose are rumoured to be on their way out of the club, it’s the saga of whether Bale will stay or go that is the question that won’t go away.  If the talisman does stay on, it will be akin to a big name signing of his own.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.