Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: HOTTING UP! Woodgate Is Set for Pounds 8m Spurs Move in Association With: MSV

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: HOTTING UP! Woodgate Is Set for Pounds 8m Spurs Move in Association With: MSV

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Byline: By ERIC PAYLOR

JONATHAN Woodgate is poised to complete an pounds 8m move to Spurs today.

The Boro defender has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract at White Hart Lane and will sign subject to the completion of his medicals.

Woodgate has chosen Spurs ahead of Newcastle United, after rejecting the chance to return to St James' Park.

The 28-year-old remains fiercely ambitious and believes that there are potentially more medals to be won in North London.

Boro originally agreed the pounds 8m fee with Newcastle last week, and later gave Woodgate permission to talk to Spurs while they were negotiating the deal with the Londonders.

Woodgate spoke initially to the Magpies, followed by Spurs, and, after preferring the latter, told Kevin Keegan he would not be going back to Tyneside.

Boro chief executive Keith Lamb said today: "We have agreed a fee with Tottenham and as far as Iam aware Woodgate went down at the weekend to have a medical.

"Basically we have given him the choice. We told him we agreed a fee with Newcastle and Spurs and with another club.

"We told him that he could go or stay and have left the final decision with him."

Lamb added: "We have an abundance of centre-backs with the emergence of David Wheater and Robert Huth back and fit again, and with Pogatetz as well.

"As a result Gareth felt that we were in a position to let one of them go."

Woodgate is fully fit again after missing Boro's last four games with a shin injury.

Woodgate joined Boro on a year-long loan from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day in 2006, and his permanent move for a transfer fee of pounds 7m was activated the following April.

It is very unlikely that Woodgate will be joined at White Hart Lane by his Boro team-mate Stewart Downing.

Despite ongoing reports from London that Spurs were planning a massive bid for the winger, it appears they have not put anything official in writing.

Gareth Southgate said: "I am waiting confirmation of what Jonathan wants to do. As far as Stewart is concerned, he is not for sale, it's as simple as that. …

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