Honduras seal Gold Cup spot thanks to reported Tottenham target Andy Najar

The Anderlecht winger bagged a brace to help his side reverse a 3-1 first-leg deficit against French Guyana.

Honduras are heading to the 2015 Gold Cup thanks to some heroics from reported Tottenham Hotspur target Andy Najar.

Honduras claimed the final available place for the summer’s tournament after beating French Guyana 4-3 on aggregate, with Najar netting twice in San Pedro Sula last night to help his side recover from a 3-1 first-leg deficit.

The Anderlecht winger’s two goals came within just two minutes of each in the 30th and 32nd-minutes, before Anthony Lozano added a third on the stroke of half-time, while his stunning opener went some lengths towards highlighting the reasons for Mauricio Pochettino's reported interest.

While Tottenham were rumoured to have been weighing up a £4 million bid this winter, per the Daily Star, their connection to Najar goes much further back, having hosted him for a training stint in north London towards the end of 2011.

Then just an MLS-based teenager, who had burst onto the scene with local club D.C. United, the promising speedster spent two weeks with the Spurs first-team squad and still credits his time learning from the likes of Gareth Bale as being pivotal towards his development.

“I learned a lot from him [Bale],” he told DH.be in September. “He’s super professional. He’s so open and friendly, always talking with all the guys. He gave a lot of great advice.

“I was also impressed by Rafael Van der Vaart. Just watching his fantastic left foot in action helped my progression.

“Those two weeks allowed me to experience European football and helped ease my transition to Anderlecht.”

Najar, 22, was linked to various Premier League clubs following his time in England but instead completed a $3 million move to Anderlecht in 2013, where he has since gone from strength to strength over the past two seasons.

Making 67 total appearances, while adding six goals and seven assists, the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year has been earning rave reviews in Belgium and also made UK headlines in October after opening the scoring in his side’s narrow 2-1 Champions League defeat to Arsenal.

While spending a fair chunk of his Anderlecht spell at right-back, the World Cup veteran has often stressed that he prefers to be used in a more advanced role, where he first began his career in the States, and, with fellow MLS homegrown product DeAndre Yedlin now at Tottenham, that’s how he would no doubt be used were a potential Spurs move to materialise.

While under contract until 2018, his signature wouldn’t break the bank and, with Pochettino making a habit of snapping up emerging talents since arriving in north London, Najar would be another exciting prospect to add to the White Hart Lane ranks.

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