August 30, 2017 / 1:41 PM / a year ago

Tottenham target Aurier granted UK work permit: reports

LONDON (Reuters) - Paris St Germain right back Serge Aurier has been granted a United Kingdom work permit and is set to join Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Football Soccer - Angers vs Paris St Germain - Coupe de France Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris - 27/5/17 Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier Reuters / Pascal Rossignol

Sky Sports said representatives of the 24-year-old Ivory Coast defender confirmed that a work permit had been approved following delays caused by a criminal conviction in France.

According to media reports Spurs have agreed a 25 million euro ($29.81 million) fee for Aurier, a natural replacement for Kyle Walker. England right back Walker joined Manchester City for a reported 50 million pounds ($64.61 million) in July.

Premier League leaders Manchester United are also chasing Aurier, who last season was refused entry to the United Kingdom to play against Arsenal in the Champions League.

Aurier was found guilty in September last year of assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016 and was given a convertible two-month prison term.

He denied the charge and has appealed against the sentence, which since it is convertible usually results in community service.

($1 = 0.8386 euros)

($1 = 0.7739 pounds)

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Additional reporting by Patrick Vignal in Paris; Editing by Ken Ferris

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