Tottenham Hotspur have made their third major signing of the summer by landing Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid.
Spurs have handed a five-year contract to the 26-year-old, who reportedly cost Spurs a £11.75m transfer fee.
Alderweireld spent last season on loan in the Premier League, as he starred for Southampton, making 26 starts for the Saints, who finished seventh in the English top-flight.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was said to be very impressed with Alderweireld and the Blues apparently considered a move to sign him.
However, Spurs have won the race for the signature of a player who has been capped 47 times by Belgium at senior international level.
Alderweireld is now the fourth Belgian international in Tottenham’s first team – joining Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen.
All three of Tottenham’s summer signings have been defenders, with Alderweireld following Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier through the White Hart Lane entrance.