LONDON (AP) Tottenham has signed backup Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini on a free transfer.

Chelsea announced the move Monday, with Spurs manager Harry Redknapp looking for a goalkeeper because first-choice Heurelho Gomes is injured and in erratic form.

Signed by Gianluca Vialli in 2000, the 35-year-old Cudicini has played under five different managers at Chelsea and was the Blues’ player of the year in 2002. Although the Italian made 210 starts, he lost his place when Chelsea signed Petr Cech in 2004. But he has been a reliable replacement since, usually in cup games.

Cudicini’s father, Fabio, played for AC Milan and won the European Cup title in 1969.

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