Premier League - Tottenham snap up Iversen's six-year-old son

Tue, 31 Jan 11:32:00 2012

Steffen Iversen's son has joined Tottenham Hotspur's youth system despite being only six years of age.

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Iversen senior is back living in London as he now plays for Crystal Palace after having made over 150 appearances for Tottenham between 1996 and 2003.

The Norwegian's son, Joey James, is already showing his father's potential and has been invited to train with the Spurs academy once a week despite being three years younger than anybody else in Tottenham's youth system.

He is one of six boys his age that will train at Tottenham's development centre with an eye to signing a contract with the club's academy when they are old enough.

What's more, there is no hint of nepotism about the deal either, with Joey having been discovered completely by chance by a Tottenham scout.

"The scout who discovered Joey did not know anything about who he was," Steffen told Aftenbladet.

"He was at Joey's school on another errand, but then noticed this kid who was running rings around his peers.

"Afterwards, we received an email from the school with the talent scout's name and phone number and a message that we had to call him. At first we thought it was a joke."

According to his mother Anna, Joey is a natural striker.

"When he played with boys his own age, they couldn't get the ball off him. His team would win 5-0 and he would score all the goals.

"Therefore, he plays mostly with older boys. Joey is tall for his age and muscular.

"He has a football player's physique and the same powerful legs as his father."

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