Spurs begin Investec deal with Young Boys fixture

TOTTENHAM have signed an innovative two-year deal with Investec that will see the bank sponsor their shirts in cup matches only.

Spurs’ jerseys will bear the Investec name for the first time this evening, when they take on Young Boys of Bern in the first leg of a Champions League qualifying tie.

It is not known how much the London and Johannesburg-listed bank paid for the deal, but it will gain them far more exposure if Harry Redknapp’s men can overcome their Swiss opponents and reach the competition’s group stage.

Software company Autonomy last month paid £20m to sponsor the north London club’s shirts in Premier League matches over the next two seasons. The split sponsorship deal is thought to be the first of its kind in the top flight.

Despite qualification being worth more than £10m to Spurs, Redknapp played down the consequences of failing to beat Young Boys.

“What are we going to do, commit suicide or something?” Redknapp said. “Listening to everybody, we’ll end up hanging ourselves. If we play at our best, we’ve got a great chance. Nobody expected us to get here in the first place last year.”