Spurs close in on Pletikosa

Spartak Moscow have confirmed that goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is due in London this week to finalise his move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 31-year-old former Hajduk Split stopper has made more than 60 league appearances for the Russian outfit, and has been capped 80 times for Croatia.

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He will provide competition for Brazilian Heurelho Gomes and former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini, who suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident last season.

"Yes tomorrow [Tuesday] he [Pletikosa] will arrive in London for examinations," Sporting Director Dmitri Popov told Bobsoccer after being questioned on the gloveman's transfer to White Hart Lane.

Spartak have already signed Alexandr Belenov as a replacement for Pletikosa, who is set to team up with fellow countrymen Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka under Harry Redknapp, with the Tottenham boss having a history of working with Croatian players.

Redknapp is looking to bolster his squad ahead of Spurs' Champions League play-off tie against Swiss side Young Boys later this month, with Craig Bellamy also believed to be on his wish-list having missed out on Joe Cole.

Popov also confirmed that Celtic winger Aidan McGeady is close to completing his move to Spartak.

“McGeady will sign a contract in the next two days with Spartak,” Popov said.

"McGeady also had a proposal from Rubin Kazan but the player chose Spartak. This means that our brand means something in football. Tomorrow or the day after everything will be concluded."

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