Tottenham reach Capoue agreement
Tottenham have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Toulouse to sign France midfielder Etienne Capoue.
The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to White Hart Lane for some time and will now link up with Andre Villas-Boas' squad with the new Barclays Premier League season just two days away.
Capoue, who has seven full caps for France, made his Toulouse debut in 2007 and went on to become one of their most important players. He was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in 2012 alongside new Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris.
A tweet from Tottenham's official Twitter account read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Toulouse for the transfer of Etienne Capoue.
"A France international, Etienne has made 174 appearances, scoring 13 times in Ligue 1 for Toulouse."
Spurs start their new campaign away at newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, but it is unclear whether Capoue will be available for selection.
Despite being primarily a midfielder, Capoue can also operate as a centre-back which could prove useful for Villas-Boas as he is short in that area of the pitch.
The Frenchman becomes Tottenham's fourth major acquisition of the summer following moves for Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado as Villas-Boas looks to build a squad capable of securing a top-four finish this season.
A number of Premier League clubs were believed to be interested in signing Capoue with Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool all linked to the player in recent weeks.
Atletico Madrid were also thought to have made a bid but it was Premier League newcomers Cardiff who came the closest to scuppering Tottenham's move, with Bluebirds' manager Malky Mackay confirming the big-spending Welsh side had seen a bid of around £9million accepted by Toulouse.
Mackay described discussions over personal terms with the player as 'delicate' but was unable to add the midfielder to his list of expensive summer signings ahead of Cardiff's first top-flight season in 51 years.
Whilst a move to the Cardiff City Stadium would have seen Capoue become a near-guaranteed starter, the prospect of Europa League football and a push for Champions League qualification at Spurs seems to have been a more tempting proposition.