Nel joined Matsatsantsa in July 2013 from Old Mutual Academy and spent a few weeks training with Spurs in September that year.
Now KickOff.com can reveal that SuperSport, who have a partnership with the English side, are negotiating a transfer for the 18-year-old, though one of his former coaches say nothing is official just yet.
“From what I understand there were negotiations going on between SuperSport United and Tottenham regarding Morne,” Roger Links tells KickOff.com.
“From what I know, it’s a question of SuperSport United agreeing with Tottenham. But you will have to call the player’s agent Mark ‘Boontjies’ Williams for more on that.”
When KickOff.com called Williams, who also represented Mkhanyiseli Siwahla in the past, he refused to divulge details. “I have nothing to say regarding this matter,” he said.
Nel has been slowly been working his way up through the SuperSport ranks. According to Links, who played for Bafana Bafana in the early years, the young midfielder wouldn’t struggle in Europe given a chance.
“In my opinion, Nel will do exceptionally well in Europe. I’ve been involved with development for over 12 years now and I know it when a player can cut it in big leagues.”
KickOff.com tried to contact SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews and team manager Coltrane Munyai, but neither were available for comment.
If Nel does make the move, he will be the fourth South African to play for Spurs after 'OJ' Mabizela, Steven Pienaar and Bongani Khumalo.