Queens Park Rangers clinch Tottenham Hotspur duo on loan

Spurs' Benoit Assou-Ekotto warms up before a friendly with Colchester on July 19, 2013
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Tottenham pair Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll link up with former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at QPR on season-long loan deals.

Queens Park Rangers have beaten the clock to sign Tottenham Hotspur pair Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto on season-long loan deals.

Assou-Ekotto, 29, had been a regular at Spurs for four seasons, but has recently lost his place at left-back to Danny Rose, and will now link up with former Lillywhites boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.

Redknapp told QPR's official website: "Benoit, for me, is one of the best left backs in the Premier League, so I'm delighted we've been able to bring him here.

"I really think he's top class. He played for me every week at Tottenham and never let me down once. He's a great lad and will add great quality to the squad."

England Under-21 international Carroll is a highly-rated midfield prospect at White Hart Lane, but manager Andre Villas-Boas was willing to let him leave temporarily in order to gain first-team experience.

On Carroll, Redknapp added: "Tom's a fantastic signing for us on loan. He's a player I fully expect to go to the very top of the game – he's a future England international.

"I played him at Spurs in Europe and he was fantastic for me. He's got all the attributes to be a top, top player. He can pass, he can create, he can score goals – he's a fantastic player and I'm confident he'll flourish here for us."

Redknapp also revealed that Rangers are working on a deal to bring another former Spurs player, Niko Kranjcar, to West London.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp in the dugout during the match against Arsenal on May 4, 2013
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