Tottenham agree price for Chiriches

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed terms with Steaua Bucharest to buy defender Vlad Chiriches, the Romanian side's coach, Laurentiu Reghecampf said today.

"The clubs have agreed on the transfer and I am happy for him," Reghecampf told a news confederence.

Steaua general manager Mihai Stoica said that the transfer fee had been set at €9.5million, which would be a record for the 1986 European champions. The 23-year-old Chiriches joined Steaua in January 2012. He has been capped 19 times for Romania.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already spent over €90million in the transfer market ahead of the 2 September deadline, most notably in the shape of Brazilian Paulinho from Corinthians and Spanish striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

Having released William Gallas at the end of last season and then sold Steven Caulker to Cardiff City, Spurs currently have only three senior centre-backs on their books in Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul.

Vertonghen was recently sidelined by an ankle problem, while Kaboul has only just returned to fitness after a year out of action due to knee and thigh injuries.