Spurs seal deal for Friedel

The 40-year-old moves to the north London club, where he will

provide competition to their Brazilian number one Heurelho Gomes,

who endured a tough season in which he committed a number of costly

errors. Friedel’s contract at Villa was due to expire at the end of

the month and no transfer fee will be involved in the deal. Manager

Harry Redknapp said: “Brad is a top goalkeeper of real quality who

has great experience. “It is good to have three such experienced

top goalkeepers at the club in Gomes, Carlo (Cudicini) and now Brad

and it means we have competition for places particularly with the

number of games we will hopefully face next year both domestically

and in Europe as well.” Italian goalkeeper Cudicini last month

signed a contract extension through to the end of next season,

while Gomes has been linked with a return to old club PSV

Eindhoven.