After a trial at Spurs Lodge, Spurs and FH Hafnarfjordur agreed to a transfer for an undisclosed fee for Emil Hallfredsson, a pacy left-winger who was voted the most promising player in the Icelandic league in 2005. The youngster was also a regular in the U-21 national side and arrived on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The 20 year old played in all of Iceland's European U21 Championship qualifying matches in season 2005-06 and Tottenham had beaten off interest from Everton and Feyenoord, having spent time with both clubs on trial.
Having spent a season in the reserves, sometimes starting at left back, Hallfredsson went out on loan to Malmo of Sweden, but returned to the club and back to the reserves, where he struggled to win a regular starting position.
A tall man for a winger, he had quick feet, but could not find the consistency in going past players and delivering a good supply to the forwards, that he began talking about going off to find first team football at another club. Despite talk on the internet of Tottenham offering him a new contract, Hallfredsson joined Norwegian side Lyn Oslo on 11th July 2007 on a three year deal, but left to join Reggina in Italy a month later having played only one match, but had a better crack at it in Italy, where he played 21 games in his first season.
Came back to England on loan at Barnsley, where the Tykes were interested in signing him, but the fee could not be agreed, so he returned to Italy, where he went out on loan again to Hellas Verona, who eventually signed him on a permanent basis in 2011.