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Tottenham Hotspur Sign Goalkeeper Brad Friedel On a Free Transfer

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Brad Friedel will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season, according to Fox Soccer sources.

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper is expected to be unveiled Friday at White Hart Lane as the newest Tottenham goalkeeper. The American goalkeeper will be signed by Spurs on a free transfer. Heurelho Gomes, the current number one at Spurs, is reportedly in talks with AC Milan.

Friedel, who is recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, was a transfer target of Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, but the Lilywhites won the race to sign the American.

The American will help solidify Spurs at the back who were particularly guilty of letting in sloppy goals courtesy of Gomes during the 2010-11 Premier League season.

The news about Friedel heading to White Hart Lane was first reported by The Daily Mail newspaper in England on Sunday night. However, Fox Soccer was the first to report Thursday night that a deal had been agreed.

What do you think of Friedel moving from Aston Villa to Tottenham? Do you think he’ll still be able to perform at the highest level in the Premier League? Can he help propel Spurs up the league table this season? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. Gary

    June 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Am I the only huerelho gomes fan amongst spurs supporters? Friedel is exceptional, but old! The fact that he’s signed on a free makes it alright as a back-up move, but as the new starting keeper? Get younger talent or stick with huerelho. I think it was more the lack of goal scoring that screwed spurs, gomes of course had high-profile mistakes that everyone’s citing now, but there were so many low-scoring spurs matches this year that he kept us in with his skills. And as a shot-stopper there are very few, if any, better than him. I think spurs were rewarded by sticking with him after his atrocious first season. If we would have been banging in goals all season, gomes would be one of the spurs heroes right now.
    Humble opinions from a fan who knows little but always thinks he’s right.

  2. DB

    June 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Brad has had a great career and it hasn’t slowed down much yet.
    As an American this is great to see because not only do we have another American on a top European club but now Brad Guzan gets his chance to shine as the long term keeper for Villa

  3. BD

    June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Good job Brad. Gotta pay off that debt with your bad financial decisions over the years. Hopefully you will be able to sleep at the Lane in between games. Wish you the best, buddy!

  4. pete

    June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    hope Villa will take Kuszczak from ManU !?

  5. Moe

    June 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Bad choice Brad, no i can no longer supports u lol

  6. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    June 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

    As an AVFC fan, I’ve watched Brad a lot and think he can still compete at his age. I’m just not sure if he can do it at the level Spurs want/need to be in those CL spots. Good luck to him though.

  7. Dave C

    June 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I’m surprised AC Milan are interested in Gomes (didn’t they learn a lesson about erratic Brazilian goalies with Dida?)….in fact I’m surprised any top level team is interested in him. He makes so many shocking mistakes, that no amount of being a “good shot-stopper” can make up for it.

    Personally I’ve always thought Cudicini should be #1 somewhere. He was #1 at Chelsea for a long time (and I would say one of the best keepers in the league) until Cech came along. Since then he’s just been happy to be back-up, both at Chelsea and now Spurs. I would pick him over Gomes any day of the week.

  8. MennoDaddy

    June 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I like it, both as a Spurs supporter and as an American.

    Friedel is right up there on the list of best American keepers of all time (though Kasey Keller still gets top spot on my list), and though he’s a geriatric 40, he’s still got a couple of years left in him. He won’t have the amazing reflexes that Gomes has, but he’ll be a solid and reliable (if not spectacular) between the sticks.

    I wonder if this means that Spurs will start to develop David Button as the 3rd keeper or if they’ll bring in another youngster?

  9. Rob

    June 3, 2011 at 3:32 am

    It’ll be cool to have an American at Spurs…

    But I also happen to think it’s a great signing. Friedel’s older, obviously, but I’m sure he has a few good years in him. If we’re going to be losing Gomes, having the likes of Cudicini and Friedel to rely on is comforting to say the least. With the two of them around, we’ll have time to find a suitable younger keeper to come in later on. I do wonder who’ll emerge as number 1, though.

    Overall very happy with this as a Spurs fan.

  10. G

    June 3, 2011 at 2:58 am

    He’s 40 isn’t he? Seems a strange one especially with Carlo re-signing too…

  11. StuarT

    June 3, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Brad had been fantastic for Villa and I respect him an awful lot however i do believe its the right time to let him go with a few problems catching up with him.

    His ball distribution has gone from second to none to piss poor while his catches at crosses arent the best anymore either.

    However hes still up there when it comes to shot stopping, best of luck big Brad!

  12. sidders

    June 3, 2011 at 1:20 am

    This is a great signing for Spurs and Friedel still has a few good years left in him yet, shame about Gomes but he has cost Spurs CL this season along with misfiring underperforming strikers, it also gives Spurs breathing space to buy a younger keeper.

  13. jack

    June 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

    hate to see him leave villa, especially on a bosman but he was great for us and have nothing but respect for him

  14. MG

    June 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Fantastic news for Tottenham fans.

    • delspurs

      June 3, 2011 at 12:43 am

      What is the motive behind getting a goalkeeper of this age? Do we not want to spend money on a younger quality keeper? I’m not opposed to this signing ,but i just hope we make more quality signing in the area’s we need to and don’t make buy’s like S.Pienaar.

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