Spurs sign Falque on loan

Published Aug. 26, 2011 1:15 a.m. ET

A statement on Spurs' official website read: "We are delighted to announce the signing of Yago Falque on a season-long loan from Juventus." Falque started his professional career at Barcelona before moving to Juventus, where he has been loaned out to Bari and Villarreal B over the last two seasons. "Yago loves big challenges and this with Spurs is very important," the player's agent and father Yago Falque Snr was quoted as saying on skysports.com earlier on Thursday. "It will be hard, but he will fight for his place." Falque, a Spain Under-21 international, is the third youngster to arrive at White Hart Lane this summer following the signings of former Barcelona player Cristian Ceballos and 16-year-old Souleymane Coulibaly from Siena. Spurs are short of options in midfield thanks to injuries to the likes of Sandro, Steven Pienaar and unsettled star Luka Modric. They have also have been strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra, although he appeared pessimistic about his chances of a move to White Hart Lane when he told Spanish newspaper AS this morning: "There is no agreement with Tottenham and I do not think there will be. "I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2013 and Jose Mourinho is my coach."