Report: Spurs may have a problem with foreign player counts this month

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur finally announced the signing of Gedson Fernandes today, as the Portuguese international joins from Benfica on an 18-month loan.

While Alasdair Gold from Football London has assured fans that this will create no problems with loan rules and Premier League rules, it may have an impact on the Champions League squad.

In the Premier League, those under the age of 21 do not have to be registered in the main squad, meaning that Fernandes, who was 20 at the start of the season, creates no problems.

However, in the Champions League, Spurs are only allowed 17 non-locally trained players and with Fernandes they now have 18. Unfortunately, Eric Dier and Ben Davies count as non-local players in Europe due to their training in Portugal and Wales.

Gold claims that this issue could be eased if Spurs were to sell stars, such as Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen, this month.

However, he also points in that Spurs are looking to sign more players, which means they may have to make room unless they sign people from Britain.

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