Tottenham have signed Darren Bent from Charlton for a club record fee of £16.5m.

Bent, 23, passed a medical on Thursday and signed a deal for up to six years with the north London club.

The striker rejected the chance of a move to West Ham in favour of joining the White Hart Lane outfit.

“Tottenham have a lot of young English players and it’s a young squad, it’s a squad going forward and that’s the direction I wanted to take,” said Bent.

“It’s exciting times for me and Spurs and hopefully I’ll show what I can do.”

Bent hopes the move will strengthen his international prospects after making just two starts and one substitute appearance for England.

“It helps a lot that I know a few of the lads from England internationals and I’m sure they will help me settle in.

“They seem to be getting better and better every season and I would love to be part of that.”

Spurs manager Martin Jol said: “Darren’s strength is his stamina.

“Normally players will make runs three or four times in 45 minutes, he will do it all the time and if you manage to play balls behind the defence, he will be there. That’s what I like about him.

“He has pace, he links play well and can see a pass – he can exploit the space and play as well.

“He knows Spurs is the place to be and that’s something to be proud of.”

Tottenham’s sporting director, Damien Comolli, added: “Darren has showed fantastic motivation and desire to join the club and we are absolutely delighted to have him.

“He recognised we have a project here and as a player he wants to work with Martin Jol and showed that all the way.

“The two signings we’ve completed so far in Darren and Gareth Bale offer us massive improvement in terms of the squad, players with great potential whose best days are in front of them.”