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Spurs defender set for Villarreal switch

PUBLISHED: 17:05 17 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:05 07 September 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Dorian Dervite of Spurs runs with the ball during the Wembley Cup match between Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on July 26, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Dorian Dervite of Spurs runs with the ball during the Wembley Cup match between Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on July 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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DORIAN Dervite is poised to leave Tottenham and join Villarreal after making just one first-team appearance in four years at White Hart Lane. The 22-year-old French defender joined the Lilywhites from Lille in July 2006 and made his debut...

By Ben Pearce

DORIAN Dervite is poised to leave Tottenham and join Villarreal after making

just one first-team appearance in four years at White Hart Lane.

The 22-year-old French defender joined the Lilywhites from Lille in July 2006 and made his debut four months later, playing alongside Michael Dawson in a fourth round League Cup victory over Port Vale.

However, Dervite's Spurs career was halted by a serious knee injury sustained in a reserve match at Norwich City, which ruled him out for the best part of a year.

The young defender spent the second half of the 2008/09 campaign on loan with Southend United, making 18 appearances in League One before being heavily

involved in Tottenham's pre-season programme last summer.

However, Dervite's prospects were undermined by a poor performance in a 2-0 defeat to Celtic at the Wembley Cup in July 2009, and he has now been deemed surplus to requirements at the Lane.

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