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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spurs Sign Striker

LONDON () -- Just one day after its arch rival Arsenal paid a club record fee by signing Dennis Bergkamp, Tottenham did the same when striker Chris Armstrong, 24, joined it from Crystal Palace.

Manager Gerry Francis paid ?4.5 million ($7.2 million) Wednesday to effectively replace German J--rgen Klinsmann in the Tottenham attack.

The fee beats Tottenham's previous record of ?2.9 million spent on Romanian international Gica Popescu last season.

Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar also criticized the "lunacy" of the British Football Association transfer market and then struck out at "irresponsible" rivals Arsenal for going into the red by buying Bergkamp from Inter MIlan for ?7.5 million.