Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has joined German side Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old Brazil international
arrived at White Hart Lane in 2008
from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for £7.8m.
However, he has fallen down the pecking order in the last two seasons following the arrivals of fellow goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.
His last appearance for Spurs came in November 2011 and he has rarely made the bench in the last 18 months.
Heurelho Gomes: fact file
- Born in Joao Pinheiro, Brazil on 15 February 1981
- Joined his first club in 2001, Brazilian Serie A side Cruzeiro. Stayed there until 2004.
- Won four Dutch titles in succession with PSV Eindhoven (2005 to 2008) and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2005.
- 11 Brazil caps. Part of the Brazil World Cup 2010 squad.
- Joined Spurs in 2008 for £7.8m.
Gomes had been keen to secure a move back to his homeland in order to try to win back his place in the national squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup, but he has now moved to Germany instead.
He played a key role in Spurs conceding just 10 goals at home during the 2008-09 campaign, his first in English football. He made 42 appearances during his second season, including a
2-1 win over North London rivals Arsenal
where he pulled off a series of stunning saves.
In 2010, Gomes was called up to
Brazil's World Cup Squad
. Although he did not see any action in the tournament itself, he played in the
5-1 win over Tanzania
during a World Cup warm-up match.
The 2010-11 season was one of mixed fortunes for Gomes. Despite starting 41 of Spurs' 53 matches, he came under criticism when
a goalkeeping error gave Real Madrid victory
in the Champions League quarter-final.
Gomes made just four appearances for Spurs during the 2011-12 season and, so far in 2012-13, he is yet to make an appearance for the Londoners.
Meanwhile, Spurs have confirmed that 21-year-old Ryan Mason has joined French side Lorient on loan.