Report: Tottenham Hotspur fume at Chelsea, block Nya Kirby transfer

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham lost promising youngster Nya Kirby to Crystal Palace.

A report in The Times has shed fresh light on the circumstances which led to Nya Kirby's summer departure from Tottenham Hotspur.

The promising England youth international was highly rated at Spurs, and surprisingly made the decision to leave the club in the summer after his head was turned.

The Times report Chelsea had agreed a move, beating competition from Manchester United, only to be met with fierce opposition from Tottenham Hotspur.

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This meant that despite Kirby featuring for Chelsea in a pre-season youth friendly, his move to the Blues was blocked.

Tottenham threatened to report Chelsea to the FA for 'tapping up', prompting their London rivals to back off and pull out of a move.

Kirby eventually has settled at Crystal Palace, who Tottenham are pursuing via the FA for compensation via tribunal.

The midfielder even had a trial at Arsenal after leaving Chelsea's set up before Palace took him on, and the Eagles have made an application to the FA to register him.

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