By Harry Sykes
Tottenham winger Nathan Oduwa has rejected a move to Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana, according to a report.
Slovenia news outlet Ekipa 24 claimed earlier this week that the emerging star was headed for a transfer to the reigning champions of the top division in the central European country.
But football website All Nigeria Soccer now report that Oduwa has turned down the opportunity to move to Olimpija Ljubljana and the deal is now dead in the water.
Tottenham had reportedly given Oduwa permission to hold talks with the Slovenian outfit and take advantage of a transfer window loophole.
Unlike the major football countries, where transfers must be complete by a 31 January cut-off, the winter window in Slovenia remains open until 15 February.
All Nigeria Soccer report that Oduwa had been invited to Olimpija Ljubljana’s training camp in Turkey this week to finalise the transfer.
But the Nigeria Under-23 international has delivered a snub and he is now set to return to White Hart Lane.
Nevertheless, Oduwa’s Tottenham future remains in doubt as he has entered the final six months of his 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:
Slovenia might be a backwater in global football terms but it could and perhaps should have been the ideal move for someone like Oduwa. Regular observers of the winger report that he is not suited to English football, where space is at a premium and time on the ball is limited. His loan spells have yielded limited returns as the evidence stacks up he would be better served by developing in a league where he will get more opportunity to drive at defenders with the ball at his feet. Slovenia might not have worked out for Oduwa, but there should be other buyers who can give him an ideal home.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.