Reports: Argentine wonderkid set for €5m transfer after snubbing Tottenham move

Newell's Old Boys striker Ezequiel Ponce has reportedly chosen a move to Roma over Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino is something of a hero to Newell's Old Boys.

The 42-year-old, now Tottenham manager, started his career with the ARgentine club, making over 150 appearances for them before moving on to Espanyol in 1994.

A known disciple of Newell's legend Marcelo Bielsa, Pochettino is still known as one of Newell's big success stories - but now he has been linked with a raid on his former club.

17-year-old striker Ezequiel Ponce has emerged as one of Argentina's latest prospects over the last year, scoring on multiple occasions for Newell's.

As is often the case with South American wonderkids, Ponce has now been linked with a move to Europe - and Tottenham were allegedly leading the race for his signature, with Pochettino trying to use his links with Newell's to tie up a deal.

However, according to reports in Italy, Ponce has made a decision over his future - and it has involved snubbing a move to White Hart Lane.

Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that Ponce has chosen to join Roma over Tottenham, and his €5m move to Italy will be completed in January.

A loan move to Sampdoria is likely to follow, but it's a blow for Pochettino, who had allegedly been looking to add Ponce to his misfiring forward line - bar Harry Kane of course.

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