Report: Tottenham Hotspur embarking on Nigerian scouting mission

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Spurs are looking at the Gee-Lec Academy tournaments in Jos City.

Reports in Portugal are suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur will be joining Porto and AS Monaco among many teams sending scouts to check out the Gee-Lec Academy tournament in Nigeria this month.

The report from Desporto Ao Minuto suggests that Spurs are sending a party to watch the tournament in the hope of unearthing some gems in Nigerian football.

The event is meant to be a screening event for foreign clubs hoping to snap up some of the best young talent from Nigeria to develop their football in Europe.

The Gee-Lec Academy, based in Jos City, have arranged such tournaments in the past. Indeed, the likes of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel were first spotted at such an event.

Tottenham are currently more associated with the development of homegrown talent but it seems they are casting their net increasingly wider in the hope of finding a future star.

Tottenham currently have Nigerian nationals such as Christian Maghoma, Joy Mukena, Samuel Shashoua and Aramide Oteh in their youth system - as well as the disputed registration of Nigerian teenager Musa Yahaya.

Spurs will be hoping to find a similar raw talent or two on their latest scouting trip.

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