Dutch report claims promising Tottenham starlet wanted by Eredivisie club

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Ryan Mason is wanted in Holland.

The first half of 2012/13 went about as well as could have hoped for Ryan Mason, who had never made a start for Tottenham previous.

He was handed his debut by Andre Villas-Boas, starting in the League Cup win over Carlisle, and in the Europa League against Lorient.

In the under-21s his form was nothing short of sensational, bagging eight goals in eight games, including a hattrick in a 7-2 win over Stoke City.

The attacking midfielder appeared to be at the age of 21, making up for lost time and on the verge of a breakthrough, and the next logical step was for him to go out on loan.

A deal was agreed for him to join French side Lorient on deadline day, to try and play some competitive football in Ligue One.

It has not gone to plan. So far Mason is yet to play a single minute for the club, and is left kicking his heels on the sidelines.

His contract at Spurs expires in 2014, so the loan is proving very frustrating for him, but there has been an interesting development over the past 24 hours.

A report in the Dutch press claims Mason is wanted by Groningen, who currently lie 12th in the Eredivisie.

It is unclear as to whether the club would like Mason on a loan or a permanent deal, the previous likely being a more attractive proposition for a player who no doubt still harbours ambition to make it at Tottenham.

Groningen count among their past player Arjen Robben and Ronald Koeman, which shows Mason could certainly develop at the club.

Right now it has to be a far more attractive proposition than sitting on the sidelines in France.

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