Tottenham swoop to sign impressive young Estonian centre-back

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 9:56 - Robert McCarthy

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Tottenham have signed young centre-back Maksim Paskotsi on a three-year deal, according to the official website of FC Flora Tallinn.

According to Estonian outlet soccernet, the 17-year-old completed a trial period at Spurs back in August and seemingly did enough to earn a contract.

The report adds that he will now join up with the club’s youth academy and is expected to compete in the U18 Premier League this season.

Speaking about the move, Paskotsi said: “I can’t describe how happy I am right now! It’s a very difficult, but also a powerful step in my career.”

Predominantly a centre-back, Paskotsi has played a total of 69 games for FC Flora at various age levels, including two appearances for their senior team.

The youngster also has the ability to play as a holding midfielder or at full-back, as cited by Transfermarkt.

He has some international pedigree too, with 17 Estonian youth caps to his name.

Spurs were not the only club interested in Paskotsi, with the player also spending some time at PSV.

However, it was Tottenham who won the race for his signature. The young defender will now look to forge a career for himself in north London.



The agent of Gareth Bale says Tottenham’s eagerness to secure a deal for the winger saw them beat the likes of Manchester United to his signature.

Bale has returned to north London after a trophy-laden, seven-year spell at Real Madrid. Despite his success, though, his return comes after relations between the 31-year-old and Madrid deteriorated.


When talk of his exit from Spain increased, reports claimed several sides – including United – were showing interest. Indeed, the Red Devils had reportedly dethroned Jadon Sancho as their top target in the hunt for a winger.

Speaking to BBC Sport, however, Jonathan Barnett says Tottenham were the first club to make serious advances for Bale’s signature.

“Basically it was a conversation between [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and myself where the subject came up, I suggested it and Daniel was interested,” the agent said.

“So that’s basically how it was done. No magic, just long chats.”

“Daniel Levy’s been interested in bringing Gareth back for a long time. There was always a reason why it couldn’t happen. Just this was the right moment. They made the move first.”

Bale has moved back to north London on a season-long loan deal, with Madrid and Spurs splitting the cost of his wages.

However Barnett feels that, should the Wales international impress, it will be “simple” to push through a second move. Read more…



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