Report: David Pleat left ‘impressed’ after scouting young striker for Spurs

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It is building up to be an incredibly busy transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur with big-name additions and exits rumoured. However, those deals are not the only ones being done, with Spurs also said to be looking to add to academy ranks.

Football Insider claim that Spurs have opened talks with Northampton Town over a deal for Caleb Chukwuemeka, who is also on the radar of a number of clubs.

The 19-year-old, whose younger brother is on the books of Aston Villa, has broke into the Cobblers first team this last season and Spurs may have found a real prospect.

The report claims former Spurs manager, David Pleat, who still advises the club on youth recruitment, has been key to the scouting process and thinks very highly of the teenager.

Spurs are said to be prepared to offer one of their own academy players as part of a deal to bring the forward to North London.

Chukwuemeka has already turned down the offer of a professional contract with the League Two side.

Last season he scored two goals and provided one assist in 28 appearances in all competitions during his first season at first-team level (transfermarkt).

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It is always good to see that the club are on the lookout for highly-rated talent, especially if David Pleat has given the green light.

The swap deal aspect of this story is a little worrying as it would be foolish to get rid of another youngster before they have bloomed.

Harry Kane himself did not fully flourish until around 23 after some disappointing loan spells, so it is important talented youngsters are not rushed out of the door.

Otherwise, investing in homegrown talent and keeping Spurs’ academy strong is excellent news and as important as making big money deals.

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