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Tottenham target Serge Aurier granted visa as £23m transfer from Paris Saint-Germain moves closer

Tottenham target Serge Aurier has been granted his visa by the Home Office.

The move will pave the way for his £23million transfer to Tottenham from Paris Saint Germain and a five-year contract.

Aurier, 24, has had interest from other Premier League clubs including Chelsea but has his hearts set on linking up with Mauricio Pochettino and playing at Wembley this season.

The Ivory Coast international can play across the back-line and will be joined by Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth once work permit issues are finalised.

Aurier was clearly delighted, as he took to Twitter to send a message including a tick in a green box and seven ‘flame emojis’ to his followers.

The visa process has been complicated by the 24-year-old’s assault conviction, which last season saw him denied entry to the United Kingdom for his club’s Champions League match with Arsenal.

PSG condemned the decision, describing it as ‘incomprehensible’ and a ‘flagrant lack of respect for the club’, but his conviction for assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016 is again causing issues.

He was given a a two-month ‘convertible’ prison sentence, which he is unlikely to ever serve, as well as a £550 fine and a £1,400 damages bill.

He becomes Spurs’ second summer signing, following the capture of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, and fills the gap left by Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City.

 

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