Harry Redknapp
Cristian Ramirez attracted Harry Redknapp's attention after starring in the Under-17 World Cup and South American Youth Championships last year

Tottenham have taken young Ecuadorian left-back Cristian Ramirez on a 10-day trial, according to ESPN.

The 17-year-old defender attracted Harry Redknapp's attention after starring in the Under-17 World Cup and South American Youth Championships last year.

Ramirez made his debut for Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valleas as a 16-year-old and has already become a first-team regular for his club.

"He went to the British embassy and everything went well," ESPN quoted Independiente's Sporting Director Santiago Morales.

However, Morales dismissed reports the clubs have already discussed a potential move and that a fee of around £1.5 million has been agreed.

"At no time has there been talk of a transfer, it is good for him to acclimatise and get the experience of what a Premier League team is. Tottenham have agreed to pay all expenses and his trip will last 10 days," Morales added.

The left-back position is an area where Spurs do not have too many options and although Ramirez would, reasonably, be expected to take at least two years to break into the first team, his potential signing is indicative of the club planning for the future.

Moreoever, the fact that Spurs do need players in the position could work to the youngster's advantage as it should mean first-team opportunities, at least initially, will be easier to come by.