Tottenham have confirmed the signings of defenders Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker from Sheffield United

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Soccer, Transfers | Tags: , , , , |

Tottenham have confirmed the signings of defenders Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker from Sheffield United. No fee was disclosed for either of the England youth internationals.

Naughton, 20, attracted the interest of several Barclays Premier League clubs after becoming a stand-out player for the Blades last season.

He began the season as the regular right-back, but can also play in midfield and eventually moved to the left-hand side of defence to accommodate his fellow United academy product Walker.

Naughton, a boyhood Blades fan, made his debut for the club in August, and went on to make 50 appearances for the club, earning recognition with a place in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Walker is the less experienced of the pair. The 19-year-old broke into the team at the back end of the season, with the England Under-19 defender making seven appearances, including all three of United’s games in the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

Naughton had looked to be on the way to Everton when the Merseysiders agreed a fee with United last week, but Tottenham have succeeded with a late move by targeting both players.

It was confirmed this evening that Walker will return to Sheffield United on loan as part of the deal with Tottenham.

Blades manager Kevin Blackwell, who will also be able to take Tottenham players on loan as part of the deal, said: “Having Walker available is a very important part of our strategy and it’s exciting to have the chance to talk with Tottenham and judge whether any other of their players might fit into our squad.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2009/07/22/tottenham-sign-sheffield-united-duo-kyle-naughton-and-kyle-walker-115875-21539956/

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