Aurier set for £23m Tottenham move after being granted a work permit

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2017

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Ivory Coast worldwide Serge Aurier after the Paris St Germain defender was granted a work permit.

In November, he was barred from entering the United Kingdom for PSG's Champions League game at Arsenal following a late decision by the Home Office, with PSG condemning it as "incomprehensible" and a "flagrant lack of respect for the club".

He was given a two-month "convertible" prison sentence, which his lawyers have argued he will never have to serve, a €600 fine and a €1,500 damages bill.

However, Tottenham have been prevented from pushing the deal over line as they sought Home Office clearance for the player, who has previously been banned from entering the country, having been charged with assault outside a Paris nightclub back in September.

But the Home Office has finally come to grant Aurier a work permit, after initial delays earlier this week, meaning he can now complete his move to Tottenham.

Complications over the Ivory Coast international's work permit threatened to derail the deal due to issues surrounding a conviction in France for assaulting a police officer a year ago.

Aurier has played his entire professional career in France, joining PSG in the summer of 2015 after starting his career with Lens and then moving on to Toulouse.

Spurs have already added Paulo Gazzaniga and Davinson Sanchez this transfer window, and have recently acquired defender Juan Foyth to join from Estudiantes.

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