Club reveals player snubbed new Spurs deal to leave

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were certainly busy in the winter transfer window this year, with a number of high-profile deals across the month.

Most notably, Christian Eriksen finally made his Tottenham exit in the January window as he moved to Inter Milan in Serie A.

Meanwhile, Giovani Lo Celso was announced on a permanent deal, Gedson Fernandes was brought in on an 18-month loan from Benfica, and Steven Bergwijn signed from PSV.

However, one deal that may have slipped under the radar for some fans was the sale of Spurs youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe to Stoke City in the Championship (BBC).

The 19-year-old had been a promising figure in the Spurs academy for a number of years and was in the England U17 World Cup-winning side in 2017.

While big clubs allow youngsters to leave all the time, it has now been revealed that Oakley-Boothe had a long-term contract on the table from Spurs, but turned it down.

Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill said (Stoke Sentinel): “He’s fitted in very well and demonstrated already the quality he has.

“When you take players from big Premier League clubs there’s a period of adjustment in adapting to the training. The style of football is different from under-23 football at Premier League level.

“Tashan had the option to stay at Tottenham long-term, there was a long-term contract on the table, but he saw this as the next step in his career.

We were very pleased to get him – there was a lot of interest in him.

“It’s not a case of throwing Tashan straight in. But we believe he can affect the team going forward.

“We want young players who are assets to be in the building and part of the squad.

“We have, I think, more players of that profile now and I think that’s what the squad was badly in need of.”

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