Arnesen: Tottenham deal for Lennon as good as Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy signings

Frank Arnesen rates Tottenham's deal for former Leeds United winger Aaron Lennon among the best he's done.

Arnesen, who brought Lennon to Spurs, left for Chelsea before he could work with his signing but is still proud of the transfer.

“We paid about £500,000 for Aaron and he and Tom Huddlestone cost a combined £1.1million initially,” said the Hamburg sporting director. “To sign him for that amount was a no-brainer. In January 2006, Arsenal did a £12m deal for Theo Walcott but we’d taken Aaron for much less. I saw him for Leeds at Watford and he didn’t play his best but I could see the material — the pace, the dribble, the cross.

“I was involved in deals for Ronaldo, Arjen Robben, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy at PSV Eindhoven but Aaron is up there with the best, when you look at the fee and what he has produced.”

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