Update: Spurs set for summer transfer coup

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Reports circulating yesterday that Tottenham Hotspur had completed the signing of former Barcelona starlet Cristian Ceballos are incorrect according to Sky Sports' Spanish correspondent Guillem Balague.

The 16-year-old forward who has previously spent time on trial with Barclays Premier League rivals Chelsea, has been training with Spurs with a view to a transfer in the summer.

Under the watchful eye of manager Harry Redknapp, Ceballos has been showcasing his undeniable talent in recent White Hart Lane training sessions, in a bid to secure a deal.

As a graduate of La Masia, the young Spaniard possesses all the technique and ability you'd expect from any product of the FC Barcelona youth academy, but there have been persistent concerns over the player's diminutive stature and physique.


Tottenham are alleged to have identified Ceballos as a player who can make an impact in the Premier League within 12months, which would suggest that Spurs are not concerned by his lack of physical attributes.

Ceballos has been working hard on improving his all-round game and his overall team contribution, in a bid to become less individualistic, whilst maintaining his goalscoring pedigree.

Having shot to fame when an online video showed Ceballos performing tricks with former Barcelona star Ronaldinho back in 2008, the player has not yet lived up to his billing.

But as a free agent, Spurs may take a gamble on a player who was labelled as one of the most talented players in his age group during his time with Barcelona, and is poised to sign a three-year deal with Tottenham.

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