Tottenham Signs Serge Aurier From PSG after Work Permit Clearance

Tottenham have officially completed the signing of Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier from PSG in a deal believed to be worth £23m.
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Tottenham Hotspur have officially completed the signing of versatile Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal believed to be worth £23m.

Aurier, who replaces Kyle Waker in the Spurs squad following his exit to Manchester City earlier this summer, has agreed a five-year deal with the north London club.

The biggest complication in the deal had been organising a work permit for Aurier, who received a suspended prison sentence after assaulting a police officer in Paris last year.

As a result, the player had been prevented from even entering the United Kingdom But he was eventually granted the paperwork and given Home Office clearance on Wednesday.

Aurier is the latest defensive acquisition for Spurs since last season after existing deals for South American duo Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth from Ajax and Estudiantes respectively.

Kevin Wimmer left the club for Stoke earlier this week as he seeks more playing time.

Having started his professional career with Lens after moving to France as a 13-year-old, Aurier rose to prominence during his time with Toulouse and joined PSG, initially on loan, in 2014.

He won domestic trebles in each of his first two seasons in the capital, adding further cup and league cup honours in 2016/17 as Monaco wrestled the Ligue 1 title away.