Tottenham Hotspur have once more fallen victim to a Real Madrid transfer assault, after the Spanish giants announced the signing of mascot Chirpy for an undisclosed fee.

The cuddly cockerel, who had refused to commit himself to Spurs since rumours about a possible move started flying at the end of the season, will join up with former teammates Luka Modrić and Gareth Bale at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, and is expected to be officially unveiled in front of his new fans in the next few days.

In a statement issued by his agent, Chirpy said: ‘I’d like to thank the wonderful fans who have supported me over the last twenty years. We’ve had some special times together in that time, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I will always cherish the memories’.

Chairman Daniel Levy, via the club’s website, simply said: ‘I can’t believe it’s happened again’.

With the money received from the Chirpy transfer, Tottenham are expected to move for at least two replacements, with Swansea City’s Cyril the Swan and Preston North End’s Deepdale Duck being mentioned as possible targets.