Tottenham sign Dutch striker Vincent Janssen for $22.5 million

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Prolific goalscorer Vincent Janssen has joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Janssen, 22, led the Dutch Eredivisie in goals last season with 27 in 34 games and he has signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane after Spurs paid AZ Alkmaar $22.5 million for his services.

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This deal looked to be dead in the water in recent weeks due to Spurs not quite meeting AZ’s valuation of Janssen but now everything has been squared away and the north London club finally look to have a forward who can ease the burden on Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino tried the likes of Hueng-Son min, Nacer Chadli and Clinton N'Jie in the central role last season but nobody could get close to Kane’s tally of 28 goals in all competitions.

With the English international looking jaded during EURO 2016, perhaps Pochettino is now more wary than ever that he needs to rest the 22-year-old at certain times in the upcoming season.

Janssen’s rise to stardom mirrors that of Kane’s.

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He has scored three goals in five games for the Dutch national team and just two years ago he was playing in the Dutch second-tier for Almere City. He banged in 32 goals in 74 appearances for them and he’s stellar season at AZ in 2015-16 has secured him a move to England.

He has previously been quoted as saying he hopes to play alongside Kane for Spurs, rather than splitting time with him and the Dutchman doesn’t appear to be short on confidence.

“Harry Kane? People can say what they want but I’m not afraid of anybody,” Janssen told Algemeen Dagblad. “He is a great striker but we will see how it goes. We can complement each other, I think I can learn a lot from him.”

Let’s see how he slots into Pochettino’s plans as Spurs will have to rotate their squad expertly with UEFA Champions League, PL and domestic cup games coming thick and fast this season.