Report: Spurs unable to scout forward due to coronavirus travel restrictions

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Tottenham Hotspur were unable to send their scouts to run the rule over Trabzonspor striker Alexander Sorloth due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports from Turkey.

The Turkish Super Lig was one of the few football leagues in Europe to go ahead as planned this week.

Assist Analiz (as translated by Turkish Football) reveal that Spurs had planned to send their representatives to watch Sorloth in action as Trabzonspor took on Basaksehir, in a game that was played behind closed doors.

The former Crystal Palace centre forward has netted twenty-five goals in all competitions so far this season (transfermarkt).

Sorloth played all ninety minutes but couldn’t get on the score sheet at the weekend as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

It is revealed that Spurs couldn’t send their scouts to the game as the Turkish government placed restrictions on inbound flights.

The report asserts that Real Madrid too were planning to send their representatives to watch Sorloth but had to call off the mission due to the travel restrictions.

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One thing many people haven’t yet considered is how this coronavirus shutdown will affect clubs’ summer plans. Not only will clubs likely take a financial hit that might affect their ability to spend big in the transfer market but their plans to watch and assess different players now have to be reassessed.

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