By Harry Sykes
Tottenham winger Nathan Oduwa is on the verge of joining Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana, according to a report.
Slovenia news outlet Ekipa 24 claim the youngster is set to move to the reigning champions of the top division in the central European country.
The reported transfer comes as Oduwa has entered the final six months of his Tottenham contract after stalling over signing new terms.
Oduwa, who predominantly operates on the left flank, has played for England at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level but decided to play for his family’s country of origin last year and switched allegiances to Nigeria.
He has had a number of spells on loan, including at Scottish giants Rangers and English lower league clubs Peterborough, Luton and Colchester.
Oduwa spent the first half of this season on loan at League One club Peterborough but was recalled early last month after failing to make an impact for Grant McCann’s side.
He made just six league appearances for Posh, spread across a mere 44 minutes of action, supplemented by three other matches in cup competitions.
Tottenham academy product Oduwa, who is from Bloomsbury in London, has had similarly difficult spells at other clubs out on loan amid concerns he is not suited to British football.
Football Insider verdict:
A move to the backwater of Slovenia might be a surprising one but there is plenty of evidence that Oduwa is not ideally suited to English football. He had a disastrous loan spell at Peterborough in the opening half of this season, and failing to make an impact in the lower leagues has become a theme of the 20-year-old’s nascent career. Oduwa appears to have accepted that he will be best served by developing in a league where he will get more time on the ball and the opportunity to drive at defenders. This is a surprising move, but could be a very smart one.
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