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Korean defender Lee joins Borussia Dortmund

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, English Premier League 27 Aug 2008


South Korea defender Lee Young-Pyo left Tottenham to join German club Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Lee played 93 times for the Premier League side following his move from PSV Eindhoven in August 2005 but fell out of favour at White Hart Lane after the arrival of Spanish manager Juande Ramos last season.

The 31-year-old, capped 97 times by South Korea, agreed a one-year contract with Dortmund, who needed a new left-back after Dede was ruled out for six months with knee ligament damage.

A statement on Tottenham's website confirmed Lee's departure: “We wish him well for the future,” the club said. Wednesday's news continues Tottenham manager Juande Ramos' player clear-out.

Republic of Ireland international striker Robbie Keane was the highest profile departure, leaving for Liverpool for 20.3million pounds – with Roman Pavlyuchenko tipped to replace him.

The Russian striker claimed Tuesday he was on his way to Tottenham after a verbal agreement was reached between the north Londoners and his club Spartak Moscow.

“I can confirm that I am joining Spurs,” he said. “Right now I am getting my visa. As soon as it is ready I will fly to London to sign a contract.”

The one major question mark remaining for Ramos is whether Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov's wished for move to Manchester United will be completed by the time the transfer window closes on Monday.

Spurs are short on strikers even if the Bulgarian does not complete a move to Manchester United before the transfer window closes on Monday.


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