Tottenham close in on non-league starlet Tracey

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 7:10

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Tottenham are close to completing the signing of highly-rated Ebsfleet United teenager Shilow Tracey.

The 17-year-old was invited for a trial at Tottenham in October and travelled with the club’s Under-18s to play at the IMG Cup in Florida last month.

Tracey scored twice in victories over Jacksonville Armada and Baltimore Celtic, leaving Spurs suitably impressed to open talks with Ebbsfleet over a permanent move.

Press Association Sport understands a deal was close to being finalised on Wednesday, with Tracey expected to seal his switch by the end of the week.

It is also believed Ebbsfleet have been pleased with Tottenham’s handling of the transfer and the Vanarama National League South side are keen to maintain a close relationship between the clubs in future.

Tracey is comfortable playing either in central midfield or further forward behind a striker, although he has only featured once for Fleet’s first team.

The deal would continue Tottenham’s policy of putting trust in young talent following the success of players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb under Mauricio Pochettino.

Ebbsfleet, however, play five tiers below the Barclays Premier League and Tracey is likely to stay with Spurs’ academy for the rest of the campaign.

Tottenham’s priority in the transfer window remains adding another striker to provide cover for Kane, who has played in all but one of the club’s 27 games this season.

One reported target was Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi but any hopes of a January switch look to have ended after the Belgian signed a new contract with the French side until 2020.

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