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Tottenham Hotspur announce deal for striker Clinton Njie



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Tottenham Hotspur have signed Cameroon international forward Clinton Njie.

Spurs announced the arrival of the 22-year-old from Lyon on Saturday on a five-year deal, pending a work permit and international clearance.

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That means that Njie will not be able to help out Mauricio Pochettino’s side against Stoke City at White Hart Lane (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) on Saturday, but looking ahead he will provide Harry Kane will plenty of support.

Njie is described by Spurs as being a player “who can play as a center forward or from either the left or right wing,” and given the departure of Roberto Soldado to Villarreal on Friday, the north London club have acted fast to bolster their forward line.

Whether or not Njie will get plenty of minutes right away remains to be seen, but his arrival does cast some doubt over the futures of wide players such as Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon.

Speaking to Spurs’ official website and after signing on his 22nd birthday, the man whose nickname is “Clint” was delighted to arrive in the PL:

“I‘m very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England,” Njie said. “I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge - the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world. The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims.

The forward showed plenty of promise for Lyon last season, as he scored eight times in 33 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit who finished in the France’s top-flight. Njie has also scored six times in 11 appearances for the Indomitable Lions.

So, the last time Spurs had an attacking player called Clint it didn’t quite work out. Remember that, Spurs fans?

With a year in France’s top-flight under his belt and plenty to prove, Pochettino will be hoping Njie can ease the burden on Kane this season and beyond.

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