Tottenham Hotspur contract rebel Nathan Oduwa yesterday failed to win the heart of scouts who came to watch him play for Nigeria U-23s against Denmark at the Suwon International Tournament.

His current deal is set to run out soon but he has so far refused to sign an extension and was hoping to use the pre Olympic tournament to put himself in the shop window to draw interest from potential suitors.


Oduwa making his first start for the Nigeria U-23s after two substitute appearances for the team in games against Brazil and South Korea was substituted before the half time break as Nigeria slump to an embarrassing 2-6 defeat to Denmark

In the stands were scouts from English Premiership and Championship side as well as from all part of Europe who are aiming to take advantage of his contract stand off to snare him from Spurs.

The 20 year old joined Spurs as an 11 year old and progress through the ranks before signing his first professional deal in 2012 which was followed by a loan move to Luton Town.

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Still waiting for his competitive debut for Spurs, he started last season on loan with Scottish side Rangers who were playing in the second division then before he for Colchester United where he ended the season.

Oduwa represented England at U-17 and 19 level before switching allegiance to Nigeria where he is among the players under consideration for a spot in the U-23s for the Olympics in Rio.

*Daniel Martins