Tottenham Make Surprise Signing Of South American Wonderkid

Peruvian youngster on way to White Hart Lane.

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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly ready to pull off a transfer coup in signing young Peruvian defender Horacio Benincasa.

The left back impressed hugely at the recent South American U17 Championship, where he was watched extensively by White Hart Lane scouts.

However, the Daily Mirror has claimed that the 17-year-old has also flown to the UK and taken part in a reserves games as a trialist that slipped under the radar of most news providers.

It is hoped that the youngster could be eligible to work in the UK through a Spanish passport thanks to his family ties with Spain – a fact that would avoid the often complicated and difficult process of obtaining a work permit for talented South American youngsters.

However, Redknapp might have to act quickly with Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen having also shown strong interest and held talks with the star.

Benincasa currently plays for Esther Grande de Bentin and is reportedly available for a nominal fee.


Tottenham Hotspur appear to have taken the lead of rivals Arsenal and Manchester United by investing in promising youth.

Spurs are not renowned for their scouting system, but Horacio Benincasa could become the first part of a new transfer approach.

The fact that the Peruvian possesses a Spanish passport could make a huge difference, with UK work permit laws far more tough than those in continental Europe.

Could he be a long term replacement for Benoit Assou Ekotto?

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