Tottenham Hotspur have signed Sevilla defender Federico Fazio on a four-year contract

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Tottenham Hotspur have signed Sevilla defender Federico Fazio on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old centre-back moves to White Hart Lane from the La Liga side, joining a day after club captain Michael Dawson departed for Premier League rivals Hull City.

Born in Buenos Aires, the Argentine was part of the Argentinean side which won the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and also won gold at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Signed from Argentine side Ferro Carril Oeste in 2007, the 6ft 5in defender has spent the last seven years in Europe with Sevilla, winning the Europa League and Copa del Rey, as well as finishing as a runner up in the Supercopa de Espana and the UEFA Super Cup.

Fazio quickly established himself as a regular with Los Rojiblancos, making 148 league appearances during his time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

He also brings with him extensive experience of playing in European competition, having made eight Champions League appearances during his time at Sevilla.

Initially signed to Sevilla’s ‘B’ side, Sevilla Atletico, Fazio won the Segunda Division ‘B’ with Atletico in 2007.

In 2011, Fazio made his debut for La Albiceleste against Nigeria and won his second cap five days later against Poland.

The former Sevilla defender becomes new Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino's fifth summer addition following the signings of Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, DeAndre Yedlin and Eric Dier.

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