The top three Spurs deadline day transfers in the last decade – Can Lo Celso and Sess follow these stars?

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Dom Le Roy

Deadline day transfers are no stranger to Tottenham Hotspur. On various occasions the club has waited until the last day possible to finalise transfers.

It often divides and makes the fans nervous as to whether the deals will actually be completed in time.

This summer, Spurs completed the signings of Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele early in the transfer window. This was ideal for Ndombele, who was able to spend the majority of pre-season with his new club.

This year on deadline day, Daniel Levy secured both Lo Celso and Sessegnon, and this isn’t the first time the club has made excellent deadline day signings. We look at the three best deadline day signings that Spurs have made in the last decade.

  1. Hugo Lloris

Arguably one of the best goalkeepers to play for the club, Hugo Lloris was transferred from Lyon to Tottenham Hotspur on the 31st August 2012 for around £11.8m (BBC).

The 32-year-old Frenchman has made over 200 appearances for Spurs. In his tenure at the Club, he has faced both negative criticism and appraisal.

On multiple occasions, Lloris has fouled attackers, resulting in either a yellow card or being sent-off entirely.

During the 2018/19 Champions League campaign, Lloris was sent off in a match against PSV Eindhoven, arguably costing the team vital points in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

However, he was the saviour in the 2019 North London Derby, saving a penalty from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

The France international’s best career moment came at the 2018 World Cup, winning the tournament whilst hosting the captain’s armband.

  1. Lucas Moura

The man who sent Tottenham Hotspur into their maiden Champions League final. The addition of Lucas Moura in January 2018 certainly paid off.

He signed for the club on the 31st January 2018 from PSG for a fee of £23m (BBC).

Since his transfer, he has notched up over 30 appearances for the club. Moura hasn’t exactly been a staple in the starting eleven, more often than not appearing as a substitute in most matches. Moura was unlikely not to be selected in the starting eleven in the 2019 Champions League final after his efforts in the semi-final against Ajax.

Regardless of however the rest of his career pans out, Moura will always be considered a Spurs legend for sending the club into Europe’s most prestigious final.

  1. Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart was always a fan favourite at Spurs. His name was constantly chanted across White Hart Lane, and even to this day is sometimes heard.

The Dutchman was transferred from Real Madrid to Spurs on the 31st August 2010 just two hours before the window closed. Spurs paid just £8m for van der Vaart and were lucky to complete the transfer in time following computer difficulties when finalising the transaction (BBC).

Van der Vaart is perhaps known best for his contributions in the North London derbies in 2010. He scored twice holding Arsenal to a 3-3 draw at White Hart Lane. He then scored in the November derby guiding Spurs to a famous 2-3 victory, coming from two goals behind at half time.

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