Tottenham have signed Fulham midfielder Sean Davis for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m, pending a successful medical and the agreement of personal terms.

The 24 year-old had represented the Whites in all four divisions but opted to end his eight-year stay at Craven Cottage despite Fulham recording their highest ever league finish – ninth in the top flight – under Chris Coleman last season. Davis turned down a contract offer from Fulham this summer and, having come close to joining Everton last summer, has opted to become Jacques Santini’s first summer signing at White Hart Lane.

Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen told the Tottenham official website:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed Sean. He is one of the highest quality midfield players in the Premiership and he will have a crucial role to for us.”

Fulham admitted to disappointment that Davis, who won the First Division and the Intertoto Cup with Fulham, had rebuffed their attempts to offer him a new deal. They said in a statement: “It is disappointing that despite the club’s best endeavours, Sean Davis has been unwilling to commit himself to Fulham beyond the coming season. Nevertheless, the club is appreciative of the player’s commitment during previous seasons and would thank him for his contribution to Fulham during his time here.”

Davis made 198 appearances for Fulham after being handed his first team debut under Micky Adams at the age of 17 in 1996. His game developed under Jean Tigana, who made him a regular in the side that stormed to the First Division title in 2001, and Davis wrote his name in Fulham folklore by famously scoring the winner at Blackburn and grabbing goal that clinched the championship against Sheffield Wednesday.