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Tottenham launch bid for promising young Irish keeper

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Gavin Bazunu is 16, but wouldn’t leave Shamrock Rovers until he matriculates from school.

Shamrock Rovers keeper Gavin Bazunu
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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a bid for a player! According to the Independent of Ireland, Spurs have launched a whopping £200k bid for 16-year old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who is currently playing for Shamrock Rovers.

OK, I can hear you groaning at your screens all the way through the Internet, but look — it’s news, and Spurs are pretty good at finding and signing youth players to their academy as they seek to develop the next generation of talent. And by all accounts, Bazunu is a solid young keeper that a lot of other clubs were wanting, including Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

Bazunu has only recently cracked the starting lineup for Shamrock Rovers according to Transfermarkt, but has been Rovers’ starting keeper in their last four League of Ireland matches and has yet to concede a goal.

The catch is that Bazunu wouldn’t leave Shamrock Rovers for Spurs until after he completes his “leaving certificate.” A quick Google informs me that this is kinda-sorta the Irish equivalent of a high school diploma, and it’s generally taken when students are between 16-20 years old. Basically, if this goes through Spurs are waiting until he matriculates before bringing him over to north London. The Independent says that Bazunu is scheduled to take his final exams next June.

Let’s keep the long view going here. It’s always good when Spurs can restock their academy, and it certainly seems like this is a kid who could develop into something special. The club doesn’t usually comment when it signs schoolchildren, so we might not know if this bid is successful until a little ways down the road.

It’d be like a new signing though, right?