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Ryan Sessegnon completes his move to Spurs

last updated Thursday 08th August 2019, 7:33 PM

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Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon
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Tottenham have completed the £25 million signing of left-back Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.

The fee for the 19-year-old could rise to £30m with add-ons, while the defender has signed a five-year deal at the club after undergoing a successful medical on Thursday.

Spurs midfielder Josh Onomah will move in the opposite direction as part of the deal, which was finally struck on Wednesday after months of negotiations.

Sessegnon has attracted interest from a number of clubs at home and abroad since bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old.

But the idea of working with Mauricio Pochettino, who has turned a string of players into senior England internationals, has appealed to Young Lions starlet Sessegnon for some time.

Sessegnon has been recovering from a hamstring injury during pre-season so won't be available from the outset after completing his Spurs switch.

And Pochettino plans to bed the youngster into his squad and first-team plans slowly once he regains fitness.

Fulham FC statement
The Club can confirm that Ryan Sessegnon has joined Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

The deal is a record sale for Fulham, and also sees midfielder Josh Onomah move to Craven Cottage.

Speaking about the transfer, Tony Khan said: “Ryan Sessegnon has grown up at Fulham and grown as a footballer under the guidance of our Academy and the managers he’s worked with here.

“I had hoped that Ryan would be with us as we began this season’s campaign and for many seasons beyond it, and I did everything I could to try to make that happen.

“But when a player expresses a desire to explore a new opportunity, and our attempts to change his mind are unsuccessful, then the priority is making sure that we get the right deal for the Club. That is what I’ve done, I believe that we’ve done the best deal possible for Fulham.

“We wish Ryan well on his next chapter and we’ll continue working to get the club back to the Premier League. Come On Fulham.”

Ryan joined the Whites 11 years ago, alongside twin brother Steven, and was initially part of the Under-9 setup.

His natural talent was abundantly clear, and he moved through the age groups at an alarming rate – so much so that he was named as 19th man at the age of just 15 for our final fixture of the 2015/16 season.

That was a taste of things to come for Ryan, as he became a mainstay in the squad the following year, sharing the left-back berth with Scott Malone. The 16-year-old helped Fulham reach the Play-Off Semi-Finals, scoring an impressive seven goals in 30 appearances.

But in 2017/18 Ryan found another gear. He topped the Fulham scoring charts with an impressive 16 league goals – a figure all the more remarkable considering he played much of the first half of the season in defence.

Involved in all three of our Play-Off goals – scoring one and assisting both Denis Odoi and Tom Cairney – Ryan was as instrumental as anyone as the Whites secured promotion in a manner which will never be forgotten.

That season also saw Ryan recognised with a plethora of personal awards, including Championship Player of the Year, while he also became the first person from outside the Premier League to ever be nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year.

While our time in the Premier League was difficult for the team, Ryan still impressed when called upon, scoring two goals and laying on a further six assists for his teammates.

In total, Ryan – who only turned 19 in May – has scored 25 times in 120 Fulham outings.

Ryan’s attitude and application has been nothing short of impeccable in his time here, and everyone at the Club would like to thank him for his immeasurable contributions, and also wish him the very best of luck at Spurs, where we have no doubt he’ll enjoy every success.

Source Alec Fenn at Daily Mail
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