EPL Transfer News: Tottenham Land Mexican Starlet Antonio Pedroza
Mexican forward Antonio Pedroza has claimed that Tottenham have agreed a fee for his services and he is set for a North London switch in the next few days. Tottenham have had problems in scoring goals in spite of having a bevy of strikers and the addition of Pedroza seems like the latest roll of the dice by Redknapp.
Pedroza plays for Mexican outfit Jaguares and, if the deal is confirmed, he would be free to join up with Spurs as his current contract has expired. He would represent the second signing of the season for Tottenham after experienced keeper Brad Freidel.
Speaking to La Cronica, Pedroza expressed his delight at moving to England and fulfilling his European dream. He said-
“I’m happy and very satisfied to leave such a great club like Jaguares and fulfil a dream [move to Europe].”
“After talking it over with [Jaguares president] Guillermo Cantu and with [Jaguares coach Jose Guadalupe] ‘Profe’ Cruz, it looks like my days at Jaguares are coming to an end.”
He admitted that it would be huge step up for him in the Premier League, but stressed that he would work hard and give it his all in England. He sounded determined to succeed and said that he would stay calm above all else. He said-
“I’ll work very hard. We know it will be a little difficult to adapt to English football, but I will go there with the mentality of succeeding as soon as I can, always staying calm and trying to do things the best I can.
“I signed a pre-contract for three years and it looks like I will stop training here with Jaguares to join up on July 4, although I still have to confirm the flight.”
Pedroza’s move was made infinitely easier because of the fact that he had an English passport. Players from Mexico find it notoriously hard to get a work permit for the Premier League, and Pedroza admits that he was extremely lucky in this regard.
“Things were made easier for me because of my English passport. I’m totally aware of the minutes a Mexican player has to accumulate [to be able to move to England], but, thank God, it was made easier for me that way and I look like I can go there as a ‘European’”
He said that he was raring to join the team in pre-season and impress Redknapp and his coaching staff, so that he could break into the first team as soon as possible. He also looked forward to going on loan if needed and rake in playing opportunities to gain experience.
“I’ll arrive [in London] in the next few days. From what I have understood, I will take part in pre-season with the first team and it will depend on me whether they send me on loan to the Championship or if I stay there, but I still haven’t spoken to Tottenham.”
This move looks like it has been virtually completed. Stay tuned for confirmation of the same.