Football: Spurs' spending spree continues as Romanian defender Chiriches signs

BUCHAREST (AFP) - Tottenham Hotspur have agreed terms with Steaua Bucharest to buy defender Vlad Chiriches, the Romanian football side's coach said on Sunday.

"The clubs have agreed on the transfer and I am happy for him," Laurentiu Reghecampf told a news confeerence.

Steaua general manager Mihai Stoica said that the transfer fee had been set at 9.5 million euros (S$16.3 million), which would be a record for the 1986 European champions.

The 23-year-old Chiriches joined Steaua in January 2012. He has been capped 19 times for Romania.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already spent over 90 million euros in the transfer market ahead of the Sept 2 deadline, bringing in notably Brazilian Paulinho from Corinthians and Spanish striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

The London club is on the point of selling star player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for what is expected to be a world-record transfer fee of 99 million euros.

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