Tottenham are looking to bring in Jeison Lucumi this summer.
The 20-year-old was one of the best performing players at the South American Youth Championship earlier this year, but his failure to yet appear for Colombia's senior side means the chances of him getting a work permit are all-but zero.
He has already held talks with the club, and the Lilywhites are set to finalise a deal in the coming days to sign Lucumi, with a player from the America de Cali board travelling to England to sign off on the transfer.
However, when the deal is completed, Lucumi is unlikely to be able to play for the club.
Not being offered a work permit means he will be unable to play in England, and the report states that Spurs may consider sending him out on a loan to a European team to bypass the rules.
Considering the lesser restrictions on work permits in many of the European nations, it is likely that Lucumi would be sent to somewhere such as Belgium, Spain or the Netherlands, whereby he can earn his passport so as to finally appear for Spurs in the near future.