Jol: Davids deal close
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin Jol has confirmed that Edgar Davids is now all but certain to sign for Spurs.Tottenham boss Martin Jol has confirmed that Edgar Davids is now all but certain to be plying his trade at White Hart Lane next season.
The combative Dutchman is currently in North London undergoing various medicals but Jol believes these will prove mere formalities.
Davids has always been famed for being a well conditioned player and his likely new taskmaster has been full of praise for the midfielder's obvious talents.
Jol believes his compatriot will provide the experience to help nurture the younger elements of his squad and that in his attitude, will prove a positive role model.
''He's got the second part of a medical,'' Jol informed Sky Sports News.
''The first part was yesterday. We'll wait and see but it looks good. Doc said yesterday that he looks very fit.
''I think it's 99 percent. There's no problem. The only problem is that every player needs a medical check-up and we are doing that in two parts.
''He's 32-years-old but a very fine professional - always looking after himself.
''He's a good lad. Not smoking and drinking but living for football.''
Whilst Jol and Tottenham have embraced youth in their recent transfer dealings, the signing of Davids is the one which has most raised eyebrows this summer.
''I want dedicated people,'' continued Jol. ''He's ambitious.
''He's still moaning after Barca were champions in Spain last year because they were second when he was there.
''They were 14th when he came - second when he left. But he was still moaning because he wasn't champion in Spain.
''Hopefully, he can do something for us in the summer.
''Two years ago and our average age was 29 now it's 23. We have very eager and ambitious players but we need players to lead by example.
''Why have we got Edgar in? He's won everything personally and with his teams. You can't wish for more.
''We tried to get him last year. Frank (Arnesen) and me, but he decided to go from Barcelona to Inter.
''He had problems with (Roberto) Mancini the coach but now he's on board so I'm very happy with him.''