In January Spurs completed the signing of South African centre-back Bongani Khumalo and it now appears that they are returning to his former club Supersport United to look at another potential transfer target. The player in question is young South African left winger Lyle Lakay who at 18 is shaping up to be a good prospect.
The youngster previously impressed on trial with the club however he couldn’t be signed because of work permit issues, but the North London side are now keeping contact with the player should there be a possibility of doing a deal. The players representative confirmed this by recently saying:
“They are keeping an eye on him and they are aware that he may not be eligible to play in England as yet, even if they wish for him to join them now”.
To obtain a work permit to play in England Lakay would have to be signed by Spurs now and then loaned out to another European team for a season, or be playing at international level on a regular basis. Bogani Khumalo had played for South Africa 19 times before Tottenham could complete the deal so it would not be out of the question that Lakay would have to play a similar amount for a deal to be completed.
It is always good to see a Premier League side monitoring young talent, however in this case there are a few question marks. Lakay hasn’t been capped yet, and at the age of 19 by the time he has enough international appearances to obtain a work permit he may not be so young and there is also the fact that he is not a consistent starter for his club in South Africa and is currently on loan at Cape Town FC. The fact that he impressed in a trial spell is encouraging but this deal seems like it could still be some way off being completed, but never the less it might be one to keep your eyes on should something develop.
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