Manager responds to reports that he made an approach for Spurs player in January

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Dom Le Roy

The Irish Mirror reported a few days ago that Irish Premier Division club Dundalk FC made a loan offer for Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in January.

Parrott has not seen any first-team action since coming off the bench to make his Premier League debut in the 5-0 win against Burnley in December.

Despite the Irishman being the only fit striker at the club at present, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both out injured, he has rarely even made the matchday squad for the last few weeks.

Parrott was linked with a loan move to QPR and Charlton in January (Football Insider) but the striker ended up staying at Spurs.

Dundalk manager Vinny Perth has now refused to deny that the club attempted to sign the teenager last month.

When asked if the club moved for the Spurs forward, he told the Irish Independent: “I wouldn’t say no.”

He then went on to claim that nobody should be shocked that the club who currently sit second in the Irish Premier Division tried to sign Parrott.

Perth added: “The League of Ireland should have high standards and should try and attract some of the best players, I don’t see why it would shock everyone but, no, it wasn’t going to happen.”

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Given the poor standard of Irish football at the moment, I am not sure a loan move to Dundalk would have helped Parrott too much with his development. However, given that Jose doesn’t seem intent on using him, he might as well have been allowed to leave the club on loan and I suspect he would have if not for the bizarre UEFA rule which put Parrott’s ‘homegrown’ status in jeopardy (Daily Mail).

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