Tottenham star confirms departure for club record transfer fee; another ‘Bale money’ signing leaves White Hart Lane

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the sale of France international Etienne Capoue, who has moved to Watford for a club record transfer fee.

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The Hornets, who were promoted to the top flight after finishing as runners up in the 2014-15 Championship, will be delighted to have tied the 26-year-old down to a four-year deal, according to the official club website.

Capoue, like Paulinho who departed for Guangzhou Evergrande last week [The Guardian], largely failed to live up to expectations at White Hart Lane since his arrival in 2013, having been one of the seven players brought to White Hart Lane with the money invested following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid [via the Daily Mail].

The former Toulouse man was signed from Les Roses—where he managed almost 200 outings—but followed that up with only 24 appearances with Tottenham.

Last year, under Mauricio Pochettino, the midfielder managed only 11 EPL starts, with the Argentine coach preferring the combination of Nabil Bentelab and Ryan Mason in the heart of the park.

He was largely redundant towards the end of the campaign, and it appeared inevitable that he would be offloaded this summer as the former Southampton coach continues to stamp his identity on the Spurs squad.

To date, Capoue has managed seven outings for France, scoring one goal.

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