The Daily Mail have revealed that Jude Soonsup-Bell rejected an approach from Manchester City in favour of a switch to Tottenham on transfer deadline day.
While Pedro Porro’s arrival at Spurs captured the headlines on deadline day, the North London club also managed to strengthen their academy ranks by snapping up Soonsup-Bell from Chelsea.
The 19-yeard-old centre-forward has featured seven times for the Blues in Premier League 2 this season, scoring twice and providing an assist (Transfermarkt).
The Mail explain that Soonsup-Bell felt that his route to the first team was blocked at Chelsea, which was why he wanted to leave.
The report asserts that a departure from the West London club had long been on the cards for the teenager, who was said to be adamant about leaving in January.
The publication states that while there is no fee involved in the transfer, Chelsea have a sell-on clause for Soonsup-Bell. In addition, it is revealed that the youngster rejected an offer from Manchester City as well as several offers from abroad, in order to join Spurs.
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If Soonsup-Bell’s main motivation behind the move to Spurs is to have a clearer pathway to the first team, the transfer arguably was not a very smart move on the youngster’s part.
Tottenham do not have a particularly good record of promoting academy players to the senior side over recent years and it is difficult to see that changing too much under Conte.
The likes of Tanganga and Skipp are exceptions to the rule but some promising talents like Noni Madueke, Dilan Markanday and Marcus Edwards have opted to leave the North London club to have a clearer pathway to the first team.
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