Tottenham Hotspur's negotiations with Roda JC fall through

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Tottenham Hotspur are in search of a partner club on the continent to send young players to in order to gain experience. Unfortunately, their most recent negotiations, with Dutch club Roda JC, have fallen through.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur and Roda JC have been having negotiations on a partnership that would allow Spurs to send young first-teamers to the Eredivise club on loan. Those negotiations, however, have no broken down and a resolution does not appear to be on the horizon. Roda's president Leon Vlemmings seemed willing to do a deal, but wants to concentrate on his own club first.

"If you can do it to your advantage, you should do it, but we must first consider what we want to be and whether it fits within our own strategy."

"First we must make our own house as strong as it can be."

This deal would, at least in theory, be similar to the deal that Chelsea have in place with Vitesse Arnhem. Chelsea currently have six players on loan at the Dutch club, including promising youngster Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu, and Gael Kakuta. The Dutch FA (KNVB) are skeptical about the benefits of these deals and seem disinclined to allow such agreements to happen more frequently, but until they make an official ruling it seems to be a worthwhile avenue to pursue.

A deal of this sort, which the Mirror seems to believe is a big priority for Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini, would be huge for Tottenham Hotspur. The club already have a couple of partnerships that work quite well for the club. Noted power Swindon Town have taken on a number of Spurs youngsters and is giving them plenty of experience. Likewise, Real Madrid have been very kind to Spurs by not only agreeing to give Spurs players Champions League experience, but also pay handsomely for the privilege of doing so.

A deal with a club like Roda, currently 10th in the Eredivisie, or another club in a top division of a smaller country like Belgium, Switzerland, etc. would be great for the development. Being able to send guys like Tom Carroll and Harry Kane to play first team football in a top league would be, in my opinion, much better for their development than playing another season in the Championship.

For now, this doesn't seem like a thing that will be happening for Spurs, but we can hope that something will be tied up by January so that we can send some players out on loan.

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