Tottenham could be set to make a January move for Newell’s Old Boys teenage striker, Ezequiel Ponce according to some corners of the British press. After significant interest previously from West Ham United and Roma the hope for Newell’s is that any move from Spurs may spark a bidding war for one of Argentina’s top young prospects.
The reports suggest that Spurs maybe willing to offer up to £10 million for the 17-year-old in what would be a huge transfer fee for the Argentine Primera in recent years.
Ponce has actually missed the entire Torneo Transicion through injury and Newell’s have suffered a frustrating season, marked by a distinct lack of goals in his absence.
It was the season before this current one that Ponce really announced himself on the Primera as Newell’s manager, Alfredo Berti handed him his debut against Quilmes to make him the youngest player in the club’s history at sixteen. His first goal followed shortly when he netted in Newell’s victory over Racing in Rosario.
Berti, of course, was more familiar with Ponce’s talent given his experience with the club’s youth sides and would have watched him regularly when he scored 35 goals in the 2012 season.
Ponce is a powerfully built 17-year-old who despite his young age has no problems leading the line and during the previous Torneo Final showed the maturity and ability to play that number nine role for Newell’s.
Needless to say as a 16-year-old centre forward playing top flight football, at times Ponce looked a little raw but his potential did not go unnoticed around the world of football.
West Ham were reportedly interested in attempting to sign the player for as little as £5 Million in the summer transfer window but there was also complications from an offer of $5 million from a third-party ownership company. Newell’s decided to keep hold of their asset and in spite of the injury hit season, the valuation would appear to have risen.
January could see a number of sides come back in for Ponce but having played just 17 times for the Newell’s first team it would be nice to see him continue his development in Argentina a little longer. If Ponce progresses the way most predict then the big European move will inevitably follow.