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Villa signing Routledge cost Spurs £250,000-a-game

Wayne Routledge's three years at Tottenham cost the Londoners a cool £250,000-a-game.

Routledge agreed a £2million move to Aston Villa last night to become Martin O'Neill's first January recruit.

The winger leaves Spurs after a nightmare three years in which he made just five appearances - at a cost of £250,000 a game.

Routledge, 23, last played in August and admitted recently: "I just want to play in every match. I wouldn't have signed for Tottenham if I didn't think I was good enough."

Spurs did not agree and the emergence of Aaron Lennon held back Routledge's career at White Hart Lane after he broke his foot on his league debut.

Routledge made his debut for Crystal Palace at 16 and earned a £1.25m switch to Spurs.

Now he will try to fill a problem right-sided position for Villa.

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