Tottenham complete £15m transfer for Swansea defender Joe Rodon for Jose Mourinho seventh signing of the transfer window… despite Wales international Gareth Bale jokingly telling security to ‘send him back’ as he arrived at Spurs’ training ground
- Tottenham have completed a £15m deal for Swansea City defender Joe Rodon
- The 22-year-old is Jose Mourinho’s seventh new face of the transfer window
- Rodon joins on a initial £11million deal with another £4m in potential add-ons
- The centre-back has seven caps for Wales and played in the 3-0 loss to England
Tottenham have completed the signing of Swansea City defender Joe Rodon for £15million – despite Gareth Bale’s joke remark to ‘send him back’ to Wales in his announcement video.
The 22-year-old Welsh centre-back is Jose Mourinho’s seventh new face of the summer and autumn window, with Rodon moving for a reported £11million initial fee, with another £4million in potential add-ons.
On a Twitter video announcing Rodon’s transfer on a five-year deal, fellow Wales internationals Bale and Ben Davies ‘refused’ to let him in to Tottenham’s training centre to complete his deal.
Tottenham have completed the signing of long-term defensive target Joe Rodon from Swansea
Fellow Spurs and Wales player Gareth Bale (above) told security not to tell Rodon into training
Spurs, who have handed Rodon the number 14 shirt, tried to purchase the Swansea centre-back during the original deadline day on October 5, though failed with a £7million bid.
The defender, who the Swans tried to sell for £18million, is a product of the Swansea City academy and first broke into the side following the club’s relegation from the Premier League in 2018.
Rodon made 54 appearances in total for the Swans, though failed to find the net in any of them.
Rodon’s arrival will give Spurs boss Jose Mourinho (right) more options in his back line
Rodon came through the Swansea youth ranks and made his first-team debut in 2018
On Friday, the Championship completed a deal for Manchester City defender Joel Latibeaudiere on a three-year deal, who is believed to be Rodon’s replacement.
Following his breakthrough season in the 2018-19 campaign, the centre-half was called up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the first time and has made seven senior international appearances.
Rodon started Wales’ 3-0 defeat to England last week during the international break just gone though was taken off at half-time with Giggs’ side trailing at the interval.
The defender started Wales’ 3-0 defeat to England this month but was taken off at half-time
Rodon made 54 career appearances for Swansea along with seven international caps for Wales
The Wales defender could well be part of a new-look back line for Mourinho, who also brought in full-backs Matt Doherty and Sergi Reguilon from Wolves and Real Madrid respectively in the window.
Rodon is likely to compete for a starting spot with Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Toby Aldeweireld, while Japhet Tanganga remains sidelined with injury.
Mourinho has also brought in midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, goalkeeper Joe Hart on a free transfer and attackers Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale on loan.
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