André Villas-Boas has taken Tottenham Hotspur's summer spend to an incredible £110.5m, after the midfielder Christian Eriksen completed an £11m move from Ajax last night having passed a medical. Tottenham also confirmed on Friday that they had signed the forward Erik Lamela for a club record £30m from Roma – the third time they have broken their transfer record this summer – and the centre-half Vlad Chiriches for £8.5m from Steaua Bucharest.
Lamela and Chiriches are understood to have been registered with the Premier League before midday on Friday, which could see Villas-Boas include them in his squad for Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. It is unclear, though, whether Tottenham received the international clearance for them in time. Lamela and Chiriches trained with their new teammates for the first time on Friday.
Tottenham set a new spending record earlier in the transfer window with the £17m signing of the midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians and then followed this with the £26m purchase of the striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia. They have also bought the winger Nacer Chadli for £7m from Twente and the midfielder Etienne Capoue for £11m from Toulouse.
Eriksen's arrival was confirmed by the club last night and he will further swell Villas-Boas's attacking options. The 21-year-old Denmark international, who can play off the left or as a No10, has built the reputation as one of Europe's most exciting young players. He intends to show that he can handle the physical demands of the English game.
Tottenham have recouped £23.5m from the sales of Clint Dempsey, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker while, rather more significantly, they will receive world-record money when Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid is officially confirmed, possibly on Saturday with his unveiling on Monday. All of Tottenham's departures, apart from Dempsey, have been British players – Villas-Boas has also loaned Jake Livermore to Hull City – as he changes the profile of his squad.
Lamela, capped three times by Argentina, joined Roma from River Plate for an initial £10m two years ago and he has also built an excellent reputation. The 21-year-old, who stands at 6ft 1in, favours his left foot but he was used mainly off the right wing by Roma, where his dribbling skills and finishing were eye-catching. He scored 21 goals in 67 appearances for the Italian club.
Villas-Boas had been short in central defence, after the release of William Gallas at the end of last season and Caulker's surprise £9m sale to Cardiff City but the signing of Chiriches has addressed the issue. He will enter competition for a starting place with Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and the captain Michael Dawson. Chiriches, 23, played 62 times for Steaua during two years at the club and he has won 19 caps for Romania. "For me, this transfer is something incredible, a dream come true," Chiriches said.
Villas-Boas said: "He is an interesting player who has been followed by lots of teams. He has tremendous qualities coming out with the ball and that's what we like in our defenders. He is a great leader."
The latest clutch of arrivals have allowed Tottenham to look ahead with optimism, even without Bale, and they hope to continue their solid start to the season at Arsenal. So far, they have won four out of four matches in the Premier League and Europa League without conceding a goal.
"We have the quality to go there [to the Emirates] and win," Villas-Boas said. "We will set up to try to win the game and, hopefully, achieve the result we want. It is a different type of proposition on Sunday but it has the special ingredients of a game that is unique in English football and full of emotion. If we set up properly, the match will be a great game because both teams want to attack and want to win."