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Tottenham Hotspur confirm signing of Archie Gray as Joe Rodon returns to Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur confirm signing of Archie Gray as Joe Rodon returns to Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Archie Gray from Leeds United.

Spurs have agreed a deal that will see Gray join the club and Joe Rodon, the defender who spent last season on loan at Elland Road, go the other way.

Leeds have indicated that the two deals are separate, with Spurs set to pay £40m for Gray and Rodon going the other way for £10m. Spurs’ view is that they are paying £25m-30m for Gray with Rodon part of that deal. Leeds confirmed in a club statement that Spurs had triggered Gray’s release clause triggered by their failure to win promotion from the Championship last season.

Gray, 18, has signed a six-year deal with Tottenham and becomes their third signing of the summer after Timo Werner extended his loan deal for a further season and Lucas Bergvall arrived from Djurgarden in Sweden.

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The Athletic reported on Sunday that Gray had rejected a deal from Brentford in favour of joining Spurs. He held talks with Tottenham later on Sunday before completing the move. Gray underwent a medical at Brentford on Saturday after agreeing personal terms with the west London club before deciding against the move.

Rodon, 26, made 50 appearances in all competitions for Leeds on loan last season and has signed a four-year deal at his new club. The Welsh defender played 24 times for Tottenham after joining from Swansea City in 2020.


Rodon played in 43 of Leeds’ 46 Championship games last season (Ed Sykes/Getty Images)

Spurs attempted to sign Gray shortly before he signed a professional contract with Leeds aged 17, but he decided to stay at Elland Road. Gray enjoyed a successful campaign with Leeds last season – making 28 appearances in all competitions – and was a regular in both midfield and at right-back as Daniel Farke’s side reached the play-off final.

“Understanding the lure of Premier League and European football, the club has agreed to the transfer with a heavy heart, but the move has strengthened the board’s determination to finally return Leeds to a position where it can fulfil the footballing ambitions of even its brightest stars,” read a Leeds statement announcing Gray’s departure.

“While we understand that supporters will be extremely disappointed to lose such a home-grown talent and a family name so synonymous with Leeds United, the move enhances the club’s chance of competing for automatic promotion next season, enhancing our ability to build a competitive squad within the league’s financial control regulations.”

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Why Spurs wanted Gray

Analysis from Tottenham correspondent Jay Harris

Tottenham’s recruitment department has been overhauled over the past 12 months and technical director Johan Lange has spoken publicly about bringing in the best young talent in the world.

Gray’s arrival continues a trend that began in the winter transfer window with the signings of Radu Dragusin (22) and Bergvall (18).

Gray – who will wear the No.14 shirt for his new side – will offer Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou another option in central midfield and, alongside Bergvall and Pape Matar Sarr (21), he could form part of the backbone of the team for the next decade.

Gray’s preferred position is central midfielder, but he spent most of last season playing as a right-back for Leeds. That versatility is another reason why Spurs were attracted to him.

(Photo: George Wood/Getty Images)