Finnish club HJK Helsinki have confirmed on their official website that teenage midfielder Maximus Tainio has penned a two-year deal with Tottenham – following in the footsteps of his father Teemu.
Spurs have earned quite the reputation for developing young players under Mauricio Pochettino, and they appear to have snapped up another talented prospect today.
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HJK Helsinki have confirmed on their official website that midfielder Maximus Tainio has penned a two-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, and will head to North London to begin his career in England in July.
It's stated that Tainio has visited Tottenham three times recently, and Spurs struck an agreement to sign the 15-year-old midfielder on Friday, with HJK only announcing the deal this afternoon.
The name Tainio should be familiar to many Spurs fans after Teemu Tainio spent three years with the club, and Maximus is in fact Teemu's son, meaning the youngster is following in his father's footsteps by penning a deal with Tottenham.
Tainio senior joined Spurs from Auxerre back in 2005, penning a seven-year deal with Tottenham as his Auxerre deal came to an end – and having starred in France, the Finn arrived with high expectations.
However, scored just three goals in 61 appearances for Tottenham, and made it just three years into that seven-year contract before being sold to Sunderland in 2008, and he later had spells with Birmingham City, Ajax, New York Red Bulls and HJK Helsinki.
Now, almost nine years since Tainio left Tottenham, he will be hoping to see his son thrive at White Hart Lane, and with some of the best youth coaching in the country, Maximus may have chosen the best place to continue his development.
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