Spurs complete deal for Brad Friedel
Tottenham have completed the signing of former Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel on a two-year deal.
The 40-year-old is currently on a run of 275 successive Premier League appearances, and has previously played for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Villa in a career in the English top flight that stretches back more than a decade.
The American will now compete with Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini for the No. 1 spot at White Hart Lane.
"Brad is a top goalkeeper of real quality who has great experience," manager Harry Redknapp said. "It is good to have three such experienced top goalkeepers at the club in Gomes, Carlo and now Brad and it means we have competition for places particularly with the number of games we will hopefully face next year both domestically and in Europe as well."
It is believed Friedel rejected an extension with Villa, an offer from former club Liverpool and interest from around Europe in order to make the move to north London.
Friedel's agent, Tony McGill, added to Sky Sports: "I can confirm Brad has chosen Spurs, but it was a very difficult decision to leave Villa.
"Brad has really enjoyed his time there, the fans and staff have been exceptional, especially Paul Faulkner [Villa chief executive], and I know Brad will wish Villa nothing but success. But Brad felt the time was right to move on, and he has not been short of offers.
"The last 48 hours have been hectic."