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  • Tottenham complete the $18m signing of Alan Hutton from Glasgow Rangers
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LONDON, England -- Alan Hutton is expected to make his Premier League debut against Manchester United at the weekend after Tottenham confirmed his arrival from Rangers in a reported $18 million deal.

Hutton will head south to join Premier League Tottenham Hotspur in a reported $18 million deal.

The 23-year-old Scotland international right-back is the third signing at White Hart Lane in the transfer window, all defenders, with Jonathan Woodgate and Chris Gunter already recruited.

According to Rangers manager Walter Smith, Spurs made "an offer we couldn't turn down."

They initially made a move at the start of the transfer window but Hutton turned down the chance to move south, before agreeing to a deal when Spurs went back in for him.

Damien Comolli, Tottenham's sporting director, had been tracking Hutton who impressed in Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign -- with Manchester United also said to be interested in the player.

Tottenham's leaky defense was a major factor in a dismal start to the season which cost Martin Jol his job with Juande Ramos taking charge.

A statement from Spurs confirmed: "We are delighted to announce we have reached agreement with Glasgow Rangers for the transfer of Alan Hutton."

England international Woodgate, a central defender, joined from Middlesbrough at the start of the week with Gunter, who played for second-flight Cardiff, joining at the beginning of the month.

Hutton will be available for the Tottenham's League Cup final against Chelsea on February 24, while Woodgate and Gunter are eligible to play in the UEFA Cup.

Tottenham recouped some of their outlay be selling winger Wayne Routledge to Aston Villa for a fee in the region of $3 million.

The 23-year-old has signed an 18-month contract to end an unproductive spell at White Hart Lane.

Meanwhile, Rangers moved quickly to strengthen their squad following Hutton's departure, with the signings of Scotland internationals Neil Alexander and Christian Dailly.

Ipswich goalkeeper Alexander has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Scottish Premier League club, while West Ham defender Dailly has moved to Ibrox until the end of the season.

Alexander, 29, will replace Northern Ireland keeper Roy Carroll, who is expected to make a permanent move to Derby. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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