Reported plans of Tottenham attacker take ironic twist after major snub
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
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Nathan Oduwa has been dropped from the Nigeria squad for the Olympics after rejecting a Tottenham contract offer in order to use the tournament to attract a new club.
The 20-year-old winger is a member of Spurs’ development squad but had loan spells at Rangers and Colchester in the 2015-16 season to gain first-team experience.
Sky Sports claimed last month that Oduwa snubbed the three-year deal that the Londoners offered him and had hoped to impress a new club while playing for his country.
But football website African Football has reported that Oduwa has been omitted from Nigeria’s provisional 35-man squad for the Rio Olympics next month.
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The ironic twist leaves Oduwa’s future for club and and country in major doubt.
It is said that Oduwa has been urged by his agent to sign the Spurs contract, but the player and his family believe he could be playing and earning more elsewhere.
His current agreement expires in the summer of 2017 and should his contact stalemate continue then he could leave as a free agent next summer.
The winger has played for England at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level before switching allegiances to Nigeria.
He made 19 appearances while on loan at Scottish giants Rangers in the first half of 2015-16, and then played just two matches in two separate short, loan spells at League One club Colchester.
Oduwa becomes the second promising young Spurs player to turn down a contract offer from the club in hope of a more lucrative deal.
The future of highly rated academy starlet Marcus Edwards, 17, is also in doubt after he was offered a professional contract from the club he joined aged eight.
In other Tottenham news, it has been reported that Bayern Munich have a “crush” on a 22-year-old Spurs ace.