REBROV SIGNS FOR SPURS
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Ukrainian international becomes Spurs` biggest signing since Jurgen Klinsmann`s first spell at the club and it will be greeted with great delight from the long-suffering supporters who have called for Sir Alan Sugar`s resignation in the past couple of months.
George Graham saw a £7 million record move for Wimbledon`s John Hartson collapse before the transfer deadline, but he has now managed to get his chief target, following extensive talks between director of football, David Pleat, and Kiev officials.
The £11 million fee was a compromise figure after Kiev demanded £12 million and Spurs initially offered £10 million. It smashes the £6 million figure that the North Londoners paid Newcastle for Les Ferdinand.
Rebrov has signed a five-year contract and he will return to the Ukraine to wait for his work permit to be processed. That should be a mere formality for a regular international, and the former strike-pal of Milan super-striker Andrei Shevchenko.
There were fears that the 25-year-old would fail a medical, due to a long-standing problem with his knee, but he has passed the vigorous tests demanded by the medical staff at White Hart Lane.
The friendly match at Wembley between England and Ukraine will give Spurs fans an ideal chance to get a first-hand glimpse of the man who scored against arch-rivals Arsenal at the grand old stadium, in the Champions League.
The news may encourage star skipper Sol Campbell to commit his future to the club, and Spurs are believed to be confident that their summer spending is still far from over.