South Korea defender Lee Young-pyo has joined Tottenham Hotspur from PSV Eindhoven in a deal reported to be worth €2m.

“He has played at PSV for three years and was in the South Korea side which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup,” Tottenham coach Martin Jol said on the club’s website.

“He has played in the Champions League – reaching the semi-finals last season – and is the best left back in Holland.

“A number of Italian clubs would have liked to have taken him and we are happy to have got him to our club.”

Lee’s agent had earlier confirmed that the player had signed a contract with the London club.

“He signed the contract in the early hours of this morning,” Chin Sung-won, said by telephone.

“As soon as Lee receives a work visa he will have an official ceremony to mark his joining the team.”

Lee is the second South Korean player to move to the Premier League after former PSV team mate Park Ji-sung joined Manchester United in June.