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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 15:02 GMT
Tottenham look to African future
Tottenham's Ivorian midfielder Didier Zokora
Tottenham's Didier Zokora in action against Club Brugge
Tottenham Hotspur could increase the amount of African players they sign in the future thanks to a proposed deal with Belgian team Club Brugges.

The Belgian side could be used as a feeder club for footballers who come from outside of Europe like Spur's Ivorian midfielder Didier Zokora.

Belgium's immigration laws mean an African player can gain a European passport within two years.

This means players can then be sold on without having to gain a work-permit.

Club Brugges' technical director, Marc Degryse, held negotiations with a number of English Premier League clubs last week.

However, negotiations with Tottenham's board are thought to be the most advanced.

"We are supposed to fit in their plans for the long term," Degryse said.

Tottenham are following the lead set by other leading English clubs in creating alliances with Belgian sides for the grooming of talent.

Chelsea have a deal with KVC Westerloo, Manchester United with Royal Antwerp and Arsenal were linked with Beveren.

Arsene Wenger signed Ivory Coast stars Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue during Arsenal's five-year deal with Bevern.

'Collaboration deals' also exist between Charlton Athletic and Germinal Beerschot and Blackburn Rovers with Cercle Brugges.



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