League of Ireland Premier Division champions Dundalk FC surprisingly tried to sign Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in the January window.
The 18-year-old, who hasn’t appeared for Spurs since making his Premier League debut against Burnley in early December, has endured a frustrating breakthrough campaign in senior football – with his only other appearance coming in the Carabao Cup defeat at League Two Colchester United back in September.
Dundalk manager Vinny Perth was asked about their interest in the teenager on Monday. “I wouldn’t say no,” he told the Independent.ie.
Parrott was also the subject of interest from Championship side Charlton Athletic and was wanted by former West Ham and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who is the current manager of Eredivisie strugglers ADO Den Haag.
But Jose Mourinho, who has recently challenged Parrott to earn his place in the first-team squad despite injuries to strikers Heung Min Son and Harry Kane, wasn’t keen on sending the Republic of Ireland frontman out on loan and he therefore he remained in north London.
The report from the Irish Independent goes on to say that there was dialogue between Tottenham Dundalk, but a deal was always unlikely to be completed.
Perth continued: “The League of Ireland should have high standards and should try and attract some of the best players, I don’t see why it would shock everyone but, no, it wasn’t going to happen.”