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Tottenham’s most expensive signings ever

Tottenham are not synonymous with big money signings – but Daniel Levy has been known to get his cheque book out and write out a fat one when the time is right.

Spurs have now grown to become one of the giants in English football, building a state of the art stadium to accompany their recent success on the field.

A Champions League final is the closest they’ve come to adding silverware to their new status as big boys, and that brush with glory has encouraged the north Londoners to splash the cash.

But who are the top 30 most expensive signings that Spurs have ever made? 90min runs through this belting list of purchases.

Christian Eriksen
A fan favourite | PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

A sore one to kick us off. Eriksen was loved by Tottenham fans during his six and a half years in north London, but it all ended rather bitterly. A shame, but it shouldn’t detract from what he achieved at the club.

Victor Wanyama
A smiley chappy | TF-Images/Getty Images

An absolute unit at the base of Spurs’ midfield, Wanyama repaid every penny with his combative and destructive displays. He also scored that absolute thunderbolt against Liverpool in 2018. Memorable.

Dimitar Berbatov
A classy operator | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

One of the silkiest, classiest footballers you could ever wish to see. It’s a pity Berbatov had to spoil it by leaving for Manchester United.

Serhiy Rebrov struggled at the Lane
Serhiy Rebrov struggled at the Lane | Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Rebrov is probably the first let down on this list. The striker never quite hit the heights that were expected of him.

Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld joined from Atletico Madrid back in 2015 | Pool/Getty Images

Alderweireld impressed during a loan spell at Southampton in 2014, so much so that Tottenham nicked in and pinched the centre back on a permanent deal. All these years later, he’s still part of the furniture.

Wilson Palacios
Palacios was hit and miss at White Hart Lane | Julian Finney/Getty Images

A busy, tough tackling midfielder, Palacios was the perfect foil to the creative Luka Modric in the Spurs engine room. His industry couldn’t keep his place in the team forever, though.

Fernando Llorente
A huge player in Tottenham’s run to the final | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Llorente – scorer of the tie-winning goal against Manchester City in the run to the Champions League final. A wonderful option to cause some late chaos off the bench.

Tottenham Hotspurs' Robbie Keane celebra
A regular goalscorer over the years | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

Keane was a prolific scorer for Spurs during his first spell at the club, but he left for Liverpool in 2008. It didn’t work out in Merseyside, and six months later, he was back home.

A cult hero
A cult hero | Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Pavlyuchenko was never handed the opportunity to be the main man for Spurs, but he knew exactly where the net was whenever he was thrown into the action.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
An immediate favourite for Spurs fans | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Hojbjerg has been welcomed to Enfield with open arms. His displays in 2020 were nothing short of exceptional, and he appears to be the perfect fit for Jose Mourinho’s side. A warrior.

Matt Doherty
Another Mourinho signing | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Doherty joined Spurs from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2020, in a deal many thought to be a shrewd piece of business. Time will tell if he is to become a smash hit in north London.

UEFA Champions League"PSV v Tottenham Hotspur FC"
A baller | VI-Images/Getty Images

The streets will never forget a fully fit and bossing Dembele. The Belgian star could do it all, and only injuries prevented him from being one of the best in England on a consistent basis.

David Bentley
A talented winger | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Bentley famously opened his Spurs account in the league with a 40-yard dipping wonder strike against former side and bitter rivals Arsenal in 2008.

That’s one way to get the locals onside.

Jermain Defoe
The little man for the big occasion | Julian Finney/Getty Images

When you think about the Premier League’s natural goalscorers, Defoe is up there with the best of them. He was devastating in both spells with the Lilywhites, and struck up a brilliant relationship with fellow forward Peter Crouch.

Luka Modric
One of the best to play in the Lilywhite jersey | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

One of the greatest ballers to ever do it at the Lane, simple as that. Modric was – and is – an extraordinary footballer, and we were fortunate to watch him strut his stuff on our shores.

Darren Bent
Not his best spell | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Bent once spurned a simple chance in front of an open goal against Portsmouth, which led coach Harry Redknapp to deliver the immortal line: “You will never get a better chance to win a match than that. My missus could have scored that one.”

He left for Sunderland in the following summer. Still, not a bad player for Spurs.

Paulinho later joined Barcelona | CARL COURT/Getty Images

Paulinho spent only two years at Spurs before joining Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in the summer of 2015. He later completed a shock move to Barcelona, where he actually excelled.

Vincent Janssen
Cursed | Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Another poor piece of business – extremely poor. Janssen scored for fun in Holland and then came to England and hardly scored at all. He did get two league goals, but it’s nothing to shout about.

Heung-Min Son
Money well spent | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Alongside Harry Kane, Son is widely considered Tottenham’s best player. The South Korean has got the lot: pace, power, clinical finishing and plenty of tricks.

An absolute bargain.

Serge Aurier
A tough defender | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Signed from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Aurier has been a regular in the Spurs side since Kieran Trippier headed to Atletico Madrid. A massive liability, but exciting for the neutral.

Ryan Sessegnon
Yet to take his chance in the first team | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

A big money signing, but one made for the future. Sessegnon is yet to hit his stride in north London, but he could become a star of the future.

Lucas Moura
THAT night | Dan Mullan/Getty Images

What else is there to say? The scorer of the most famous hat-trick in the club’s recent history, propelling them to a Champions League final.

Lucas will go down in Spurs folklore forever. Worth every penny.

Roberto Soldado
It never quite worked out for Soldado | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Seven league goals in two seasons were the rewards Spurs received for their £26m investment back in 2013, as poor Soldado just never quite cut it in the Premier League.

Steven Bergwijn
Debut celebrations | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Bergwijn made the most immediate of impacts at Spurs, scoring and earning the Man of the Match award in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in 2020.

More of the same, please.

Erik Lamela
Lamela joined from Roma in 2013 | Pool/Getty Images

Injuries have often disrupted Lamela’s rhythm during his time in north London, but he has regularly shown glimpses of the outrageous talent he demonstrated at AS Roma.

Cue highlight reels of his outrageous rabona goal from outside the box.

Giovani Lo Celso
An extremely talented midfielder | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

The Lilywhites initially signed Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis, but snapped him up permanently when they realised how good he was.

An important member of Mourinho’s side.

Sergio Reguilón
An instant hit for the Lilywhites | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Reguilon followed Gareth Bale to Spurs in the summer of 2020 and the former Real Madrid man adapted to life in England instantly. He’s one hell of a full-back.

Moussa Sissoko
An elite athlete | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Supporters were pretty mystified when Spurs splashed £30m on Sissoko, who had just been relegated with Newcastle.

Fast-forward four years and the guy is a cult hero and a favourite among players and fans alike.

Davinson Sanchez
Sanchez was originally a club record signing | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Sanchez was originally Spurs’ most expensive signing back in 2017, and he has been a consistent presence in the heart of the defence ever since.

The Colombian has not quite justified his price tag yet, but he is still only 24. Plenty of time to come good.

Tanguy Ndombele
The most expensive signing in Spurs’ history | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Top of the pile sits Ndombele. Signed with a huge price tag and even greater expectations in the summer of 2019, the Frenchman suffered a brutal first season under Mourinho.

Luckily, Ndombele has now settled into the pace and demands of English football, and is demonstrating exactly why Spurs took such a financial gamble on his services. Ndomballer.

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