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28 July 2005 | ©

Jermain Defoe believes Dutch international Edgar Davids would inspire Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League in the coming season.

The 32-year-old is at the Spurs training ground in Chigwell, undergoing a medical, discussing personal terms with club officials and meeting with head coach Martin Jol.

Tottenham have agreed a free transfer with Inter Milan for the midfielder, but he is unlikely to come cheap.

If Davids accepts Tottenham's contract offer he will reportedly receive a £1.5million signing on fee and become the club's highest earner on £47 000-a-week.

But Defoe insists his experience will be invaluable as Tottenham push for European football.

"He's a massive name in football and he can bring a lot to the team with his experience," he told the Evening Standard.

"He's a great player, has played at top level for years and to play with him would mean a lot to me. Hopefully he will quickly sign his contract and I can link up with him. Davids is the sort of player we need.

"We have a very young squad of good players. With his experience of playing in the European Championships and the Champions League it can only benefit us.

"This is a massive year for everybody at Spurs. Last season we just missed out on Europe and hopefully we can put that right this time. I definitely think we can make the Champions League. Everton had a great season and did it. So why can't we?"

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