Tottenham have signed France Under-21 defender Younes Kaboul from Auxerre.

Kaboul will cost £8million and takes the club’s expenditure to over £30million following the arrivals of Gareth Bale and Darren Bent so far this summer.

“Younes possesses power, great pace and is good on the ball and strong in the air,” said sporting director Damien Comolli.

“He is a good leader who showed a great desire to come to us despite interest and offers from numerous other clubs.

“From day one he said ‘I want to play for Spurs’ and his personality made a big impression on Martin and myself,’ added Comolli.

“He has been a regular in the Auxerre first team for the past two seasons and is an excellent signing.”

Boss Martin Jol added: “If you ask people in France who is seen as the hottest prospect in defence, they will say Younes Kaboul.

“We are very happy to have him on board. It’s important to have quality players in defence and, with Younes, we have that.”