Clinton Njie
Clinton Njie qualifies for a work permit by virtue of the 11 caps he has won for Cameroon since September 2014 AFP

Clinton Njie could be in line to make his Tottenham debut against Leicester on 22 August after confirmation he has has now obtained a work permit and been granted the necessary international clearance following his move from Lyon.

The Cameroon striker scored seven goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances last season and signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane this summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £12m ($18.8m).

Although Njie, who claims he was also subject to interest from North London rivals Arsenal in recent weeks, joined Tottenham prior to their Premier League fixture against Stoke, he was unable to be selected in Mauricio Pochettino's match day squad due to the formalities of the deal having not been completed.

The Independent report that the 22 year old was in Paris earlier this week to sort out the remaining issues regarding his work permit, only joining in his first training session with new teammates yesterday (20 August).

Such a lack of time to acclimatise may rule out the possibility of Njie playing a major role during Tottenham's upcoming visit to the King Power Stadium, although he is now available for selection if required.


"We're pleased to confirm that Clinton Njie has been granted a work permit and received international clearance," the club announced via their official Twitter account without actually specifying if they had beaten the midday Friday deadline by which all new players have to be registered if they hope to feature at the weekend. "He is now available for selection and will wear the number 14 shirt with 'Clinton' on his back. #COYS."

Njie's availability comes at an ideal time for Tottenham, with Pochettino currently very limited in terms of his options up front behind Harry Kane. Following Roberto Soldado's sale to Villarreal and Emmanuel Adebayor clearly not featuring in his plans for the campaign ahead, the Argentine has been unable to name a natural striker on the bench for either the opening day defeat at Manchester United or the disappointing home draw with Stoke seven days later.

Erik Lamela was called upon to deputise for Kane after he was withdrawn after 64 minutes against Mark Hughes' side, but it is not a role that supporters will be eager to see their club-record signing perform too often in the months ahead.

Tottenham do appear to be making moves to further boost their strikeforce before September's transfer deadline, however. West Brom's Saido Berahino remains Pochettino's key target, although plenty of other forwards have been linked with the club of late including Charlie Austin, Javier Hernandez and Aleksandr Kokorin.

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie and Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama are also believed to be on the club's radar as they face yet another late scramble for signings during the latter stages of the window.