Benjamin Stambouli Signs For Tottenham, Sandro To Join QPR


Benjamin Stambouli has completed his transfer to Tottenham from Montpellier while Sandro, The Beast, has left Spurs and moved across London to sign for Queen’s Park Rangers, linking up with former manager, Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.

Benjamin Stambouli

The expected transfer of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier to Tottenham has been completed. The former France Under-21 midfielder, has been with the French club since 2004, making his league debut in 2010. Last season he played 37 games for Montpellier, scoring 2 goals. in total he has made over 100 appearance for the club. He plays in a defensive central midfield position but also played as a central defender and at full-back last season. The 24-year-old cost Tottenham £4.7m as Spurs stepped in to complete the signing while Fiorentina and Swansea considered a move.

The Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis has wished Benjamin Stambouli well at Tottenham Hotspur.

In a tweet by Robin Bairnier, a football writer for, has reported the completion of the transfer according to the Montpellier President.

"The Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has confirmed the sale of Benjamin Stambouli has joined Tottenham in a 5-year deal."

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The past 18 months have been very difficult for Sandro at Tottenham. In 2012-13 season he formed an impressive midfield partnership with new signing Mousa Dembele. In January, 2013 injury in the Premier League match at Loftus Road kept him out for over nine months and on recovering, he struggled to perform as he has done previously. The appointment of Tim Sherwood didn’t help as the new manager preferred to play Nabil Bentaleb in the central midfield position.

It was at this time that rumours started to circulate of the possibility of Sandro leaving White Hart Lane with Napoli supposedly interested in signing the Brazilian midfielder. Rumours of him leaving Tottenham have persisted throughout the summer and now he has signed for Queen’s Park Rangers in a deal valued at £10m.

Sandro joined Tottenham in 2010 from Internacional in Brazil but took time to settle in the Premier League. His enthusiasm made him a great favourite at White Hart Lane and he was delighted to be referred to as “The Beast” by Tottenham fans. Who can forget his response to scoring his first goal for Tottenham against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He ran over to Harry Redknapp in celebration, totally oblivious of the manager trying to calm him down and get him focused on the game. His goals were rare but spectacular as he demonstrated in scoring against Manchester United last season.

He was a member of the Brazil Olympic team in 2012 and was a regular in the Brazil national team. His injury deprived him of the opportunity to play in the summer’s World Cup finals in his home country.

Sandro, with his huge grin and enthusiasm will be missed but we wish him well at Loftus Road following his transfer to QPR.

Lewis Holtby

It has been confirmed that Lewis Holtby has joined Hamburg on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent move next year. Best wishes to Lewis.

Other Transfer News

The Spurs club website has confirmed that two of the Tottenham Academy graduates have left White Hart Lane.

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The Croatian midfielder Gomelt has joined the Italian club, Bari,  on a season-long loan, having had previous loan spells with Espanyol B in Spain and Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

Gomelt made an immediate impression in the Spurs Academy, scoring a hat-trick against Inter Milan in the NextGen Series in 2011. He was then sent-off and all of this happened in the first half of the match at Briosbane Road. Spurs won 7 – 1.

Gomelt has become a forgotten figure at Tottenham with being away on loan and hasn’t lived up to that early promise.

The Ivory Coast striker Souleymane Coulibaly has also signed for Bari but on a permanent deal. He joined Tottenham in July, 2011 from AC Siena.

Jonathan Obika, another graduate of the Tottenham Academy, has signed for Swindon Town.