We hope to finalise matters once Liverpool return from their tour of the Far East early next week.
The 29-year-old spoke on Monday of his delight at his new challenge. "For me to move to London in the sporting perspective was decisive. With Spurs, I can play in my position on the left of the centre of midfield," he said.
"Glenn Hoddle wants to structure a young squad with an international perspective around Teddy Sheringham and me, as experienced players.
"That is delightful. Naturally it also makes me happy to meet up with Steffen Freund, an old acquaintance from Germany."
The club can report that things are looking good for the signing of Liverpool defender Christian Ziege.