Tottenham step up plans to recruit £60m Championship teenagers

Date published: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:39

LEEDS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates with Jack Clarke (l) and Tyler Roberts (r) scoring the equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Tottenham are ready to make formal approaches to sign a pair of two talented young Championship stars over the next week, according to reports on Thursday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Champions League finalists have not made a signing for 18 months with the January 2018 capture of Lucas Moura their last bit of incoming transfer business.

Reports on Thursday morning claimed the club were initially focusing on the £60m capture of Lyon midfield powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele, with discussions with the Ligue 1 giants currently in the early stages.

However, The Sun claims Spurs are already piecing together their next forays into the market thereafter, with bids for Leeds winger Jack Clarke and Fulham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon expected to follow soon after.

Spurs first registered an interest in Leeds’ 18-year-old wideman back in January with Sky Sports reporting that Pochettino’s men had sent scouts to check on his progress at Elland Road, while Arsenal and Crystal Palace also watched him.

Clarke, an old-fashioned type of winger, made 25 appearances for Leeds in his debut season and from November to February he featured heavily for Marcelo Bielsa before he was substituted at half-time in the 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough in February complaining of feeling unwell in the dugout – and was then carried away on a stretcher while being given oxygen.

He then missed six games as health checks were carried out before returning on the bench at the end of the season.

Clarke is under contract until 2021 although talks earlier this season over an improved contract stalled, according to widespread reports.

His agent Ian Harte ruled out a move to Spurs in January, but after Leeds’s failure to win promotion they may find a big money approach from Spurs difficult to reject.

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It’s believed a deal could be struck for around the £20million mark, and supporters of the club will hope the potential sale would help the club keep another of their prized assets in Kalvin Phillips, who on Thursday was reported to be the subject of a £14m approach from Aston Villa.

A deal for Fulham starlet Sessegnon will likely set Tottenham back far more, with the Cottagers likely to demand a near £40million fee for the teenager.

Sessegnon’s current contract at Craven Cottage runs until the end of the next season, and they risk losing the 19-year-old for free in the summer of 2020 if he refuses to sign a new deal.

Speculation has since been rife that Fulham are keen to cash in on the England Under-21 star this summer and there will be plenty of interest in the versatile left-footed player.

Reports have claimed that Manchester United and Liverpool have both compiled ‘detailed scouting reports’ on Sessegnon ahead of a potential swoop, but Spurs seem to be the most serious suitors.

The Sun believes a fee of around £40m is likely to persuade the Cottagers to sell a player, who made 30 appearances in the Premier League this seaon, scoring twice.


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