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http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/160222/Madu_talks_with_Tottenham_collapse

English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, have ended their chase for Nigerian defender, Kingsley Madu, supersport.com can report.

Discussions have been ongoing for several weeks for Spurs to land the left-back until the move fell through.

Supersport.com has been informed that Tottenham head of recruitment, Paul Mitchel, officially pulled the plug on the deal two weeks ago after preliminary checks revealed that the young Nigerian international will struggle to qualify for a United Kingdom (UK) work permit.

There was also some disagreement over AS Trencin's €2.5 million valuation of the talented left-back which was deemed excessive by the North London club.

Spurs chief scout, Ian Broomfield, who is a big admirer of the player, visited AS Trencin several times along with other scouts to watch the Nigerian wonderkid and had submitted favourable reports to club chairman, Daniel Levy.

However the player's big dreams of playing in the English top-flight will now have to be shelved, at least for now.

Madu is "disappointed" that the dream move to England will not go through for now, but remains focused at AS Trencin.

"I was disappointed when my agent informed me that Tottenham had pulled out but life goes on. Every disappointment is a blessing. Now I'm focused on working hard and winning the league title again with Trencin. By the grace of God, another good opportunity lies ahead, and not too far away," he told supersport.com.

Dutch top clubs, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax Amsterdam, had previously enquired about the availability of the talented left-back after extensive scouting, but both clubs failed to reach a deal with the ambitious Slovakian side. It is understood that both clubs had also frowned upon AS Trencin's valuation of the player.

Slovakian champions, AS Trencin, currently occupy the top position of the Super Liga table and will most likely play European football again next term. It appears they are fully aware of the true worth of their Nigerian left-back and are clearly not willing to trade him for peanuts. Belgium club, KAA Gent, are now also understand to be mulling over a possible summer deal for the player.

Madu's representative, Tony Harris, confirmed the collapse of discussions with Spurs to supersport.com.

"Yes there were ongoing discussions with Spurs but it's now fallen through and we've moved on. We are now looking at other very interesting possibilities from other top clubs in Europe including another (English) Premier League side. Madu is a world class player and will no doubt make a big move in the summer," said Harris.

Aged 18, Madu moved to AS Trencin with compatriot Moses Simon from the famed GBS Academy in Nigeria. In January 2015, Simon moved from Trencin to KAA Gent and has since become one of the revelation of the Belgium Jupiler League after he played a major role in helping KAA Gent secure the first Belgian league title ever in their 115-year history.

Simon, like Madu, is reportedly on the wish list of several European top clubs and Gent have already officially stamped a £20 million price-tag over the winger's head to fend off these interest.
 

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What I find most interesting about this is that this and the Rico Henry links seem legitimate which would suggest we're looking for another LB.

Why though? Both Davies and Rose have proven themselves and they've both still got time on their side (especially Davies).

Or is it for a stopgap because of an academy shortage? The only promising LBs in the academy that I can think of is Tsaroulla who is just breaking into the U18s so he's likely several years away even if he makes it.

There's also Ogilvie, but I've never been his biggest fan and I don't really think he fits a Poch styled wingback either.
 
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