Spurs eye Ecuadorian starlet
Youngster arrives in England
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: April 2, 2012 10:07am
Cristian Ramirez: Set for stint with Tottenham
Ecuadorian starlet Cristian Ramirez has arrived in London to train with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 17-year-old youth international is currently playing for Independiente del Valle in his homeland - the club Spurs already have a co-operation deal with.
And the left-back has actually being playing first-team football since he was 16 and has played over 30 games for Independiente.
He rose to prominence during last year's South American Youth Championship, when he helped Ecuador to the semi-finals.
He is attracting a great deal of attention from around Europe, and has already trained with German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund were impressed with him during his stint in Germany late last year, but now Spurs have made their move.
Tottenham issued their invite last month and after waiting on visas to arrive, he has now arrived in England and is due to stay with Spurs for ten days.
"He went to the British embassy and everything went well," Independiente's sporting director Santiago Morales confirmed, but he insists that a deal has not yet been concluded.
Reports have suggested that Spurs have agreed to pay £1.5million for the player when he turns 18 in August.
"At no time has there been talk of a transfer, it is good for him to acclimatise and get the experience of what a Premier League team is," he said.
"Tottenham have agreed to pay all expenses and his trip will last ten days."