CHELSEA boss Ruud Gullit has shelled out GBP2.25 million to sign Nigerian prodigy Celestine Babayaro from Belgium's Anderlecht in the face of stiff competition from Juventus, Inter Milan and Deportivo la Coruna. Babayaro, 18, will stay with Anderlecht for the rest of the season before arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer on a five-year contract. He will become Chelsea's fifth foreign outfield star after Italians Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli, Romanian international Dan Petrescu and French defender Frank Leboeuf. Babayaro, a left wing-back who joined Anderlecht at 15, played in Nigeria's Olympic Games gold medal-winning team last year in Atlanta, scoring in the final. 'I told Ruud I wanted to sign for Chelsea after only two conversations on the telephone,' Babayaro said. 'I am very happy he wants me in his team and I am looking forward to a great season with Chelsea,' said the teenager, who has never been to London. Aston Villa manager Brian Little has been told he will have at least GBP10 million for new players following the club's successful flotation on the stock exchange. Villa's prospectus reveals the money raised from the flotation will be split in two, with GBP5.5 million earmarked for ground improvements and the remaining GBP9.75 million to bolster his squad. Little is aware he must strengthen his squad after the relative disappointments of this season, following last season's League Cup triumph. Villa are still well placed to challenge for a place in Europe, but the anticipated push for the Premier League title has not materialised, and early exits were made from the UEFA, League and FA Cups. Little's number one priority is a striker who can take some of the weight off Dwight Yorke in terms of scoring goals. He has already been linked with Heerenveen's Danish striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, also being tracked by Leeds, and Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie. The pair would cost around GBP5 million. In addition to the GBP10 million from the share issue, Little will also have further cash at his disposal from the sale of Tommy Johnson for GBP2.3 million to Celtic, while the transfer-listed Sasa Curcic would fetch a similar amount, if he moves on. Steffen Iversen, Tottenham's highly promising young striker, is the latest player at the injury-plagued London club to be ruled out for the rest of the season. Norwegian Iversen, 20, will have an operation to remove a cyst from the inside of his kneecap. Manager Gerry Francis, who had 13 senior players unavailable through injury for last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, admitted: 'We are getting used to this sort of thing, I am afraid.' Chris Armstrong, John Scales, Ramon Vega and Darren Anderton are among the top players who have had long injury lay-offs at Spurs this season. And now Stuart Nethercott, their former England Under 21 centre-back, is also out for the rest of the campaign after damaging knee ligaments in a reserve game. Francis, though, is trying to look on the bright side and is already setting his sights on next season. He said: 'Steffen's season started in April last year with Rosenborg and in the long term it will be good for him to have a decent break. 'The main thing now is that we have all our players back fit and ready for pre-season work in July. To be truthful I can't wait to see the back of this season.' Celtic star Jorge Cadete has escaped with just a stern warning for throwing his shirt into the crowd at the end of a league match with Dunfermline last month. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) informed the Portuguese striker of their 'extreme displeasure' at the way he ignored strict instructions from the police as well as the club not to incite the fans. SFA official Drew Herbertson said: 'The committee have informed the player that if he disregards any future request that will be treated very seriously.' Cadete will consider himself fortunate to escape with just a verbal dressing down as he had been widely expected to receive a heavy fine or even a suspension. West Ham's uncompromising defender Julian Dicks has been ruled out for the rest of the Hammers' relegation fight after having knee surgery. The tough skipper said: 'The surgeon told me to leave things for a week after the knee became swollen. 'The week was up and the swelling was still there so I had to have surgery. I won't be able to play again for about six weeks. 'The knee is definitely not right and the joint locks even if I walk up the garden path. 'The injury is a big blow. It would have been better if we were halfway up the table.'