Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson insists the influx of foreign signings can lift the club to new heights.

Tom Huddlestone took a swipe at the policy after being sold to Hull City.

But Dawson told the London Evening Standard: "We have a great group of players. There is a great mix of nationalities and we are still all bonding together.

"It's about taking the club to the next level and bringing the best players in. That's what you have to do in the Premier League, you can't stand still.

"Soldado is Spanish and has to learn English, Paulinho speaks Portuguese and so on but we have already had a few weeks together.

"Sometimes at Tottenham, a lot of signings have happened after the first Premier League game but it's been great for us that we made a lot of transfers early in the summer."

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