Sevilla have signed Mali striker Fredi Kanoute from Tottenham in a £4.4m deal.

The Mali international has agreed a four-year contract and becomes the second major signing for the Spanish club after the loan signing of Argentine forward Javier Saviola from Barcelona.

The 27-year-old who was linked with moves to Newcastle and a transfer back to West Ham will replace Julio Baptista after the Brazilian joined Real Madrid. Tottenham will reportedly use the fee from the sale to launch a bid for highly-rated Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Kanoute joined Tottenham from West Ham for £3.5m in the summer of 2003. West Ham manager Alan Pardew confirmed recently that he had considered bringing him back to Upton Park this summer but an adverse reaction from supporters influenced his decision not to.

He scored 21 goals in 73 appearances for Spurs, but his days at the club appeared numbered after he refused to go on a club tour to Mauritius for what were described as “personal reasons”.