Date: 23rd August 2017 at 4:30pm
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By Danny Wright

Tottenham have confirmed that they have completed the signing of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Premier League rivals Southampton.

Spurs announced on their official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that Gazzaniga, 25, had agreed terms to a long-term five-year deal in north London, ending Mauricio Pochettino’s search for a third choice goalkeeper.

Gazzaniga will no doubt be coming in to provide stern competition for Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, who are widely seen as Tottenham’s No 1 and No 2 choice shot-stoppers.

The Argentinean goalkeeper is the first signing that Tottenham have successfully completed this summer with Davison Sanchez’s move from Ajax still awaiting completion despite it already being confirmed by the club to be in the offing.

Gazzaniga spent five years on the books at Southampton, but only made 23 appearances across all competitions as he largely featured in the shadow of England international Fraser Forster.

The ex-Gillingham stopper spent last season on loan in the Spanish second-tier with Rayo Vallecano, where he kept 12 clean sheets in 34 appearances across all contests.

Gazzaniga isn’t the only player to have been confirmed to have signed a new deal with Tottenham on Wednesday after Kyle Walker-Peters’ contract extension was announced earlier on in the day.

Football Insider Verdict

This is one piece of transfer news that Spurs fans have not exactly been looking forward to. The signing of Gazzaniga simply doesn’t make any sense, especially for a team with the resources that Tottenham has. Lloris and Vorm are obviously going to keep hold of their No 1 and No 2 spots in the squad, so do Spurs really need to add more depth to their goalkeeping options? The answer is no. It’s hard to see how Pochettino is so keen to add depth to an area which doesn’t need it, especially when he has other concerns in his squad with no reliable back-up options for Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen. This transfer isn’t much of a waste of money, because Gazzaniga perhaps didn’t cost a lot, but it is definitely a waste of time when there are players in the Under-23 squad who could have been seen as third choice.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs have deployed their scouts to keep watch of this Argentina international, but are facing competition from Juventus and Manchester United.

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