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Former Spurs starlet who "refused new deal" now playing for his 12th club

Former Spurs starlet who "refused new deal" now playing for his 12th club

Nathan Oduwa joined Spurs at the age of 11 but has played for 12 different clubs at the age of 27.

A former Spurs youngster who reportedly turned down a new deal is now playing for his 12th club.

Nathan Oduwa joined Spurs at the age of 11 and was seen as one of the top talents in the club's academy.

After impressing for the Under 18's and Under 21's, he went on to sign a professional contract in 2012.

Oduwa was tipped to make the grade at Spurs and ended up spending time on loan at Luton Town, Rangers, Colchester United and Peterborough United.

But he never made a first-team appearance for Spurs, who were said to be keen on tying him down to a new three-year deal back in 2016.

Sky Sports claimed that the player's agent was trying to convince him to put pen to paper but Oduwa wanted first-team football.

The England youth international left a year later and has embarked on an unusual career path which has taken him across the world.

His first stop was in Slovenia with Olimpija Ljubljana, though he lasted just over a year before his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

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Image: Getty

He then had a three-month stint at Vejle Boldklub in Denmark and followed that up with spells in Israel and Ireland with Hapoel Hadera and Dundalk respectively.

The winger dabbled in Azerbaijan with Shamakhi and Turan Tovuz but his latest career move came last month.

The 27-year-old penned a deal with Chungbuk Cheongju, who play in the second tier in South Korea.

Oduwa, who once courted controversy at Rangers for a rainbow flick, has a market value of €300,000.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

A similar situation happened with another former Spurs youngster

Reo Griffiths once outscored Harry Kane in the youth ranks with 33 strikes 2017/18 season but never played a first-team game.

Instead he joined Lyon but only played for the club's second team and after a deal with Doncaster Rovers was terminated, Griffiths has been turning out for Sunday League side Critics FC.

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Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League