By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham defender Dominic Ball has agreed to join Rotherham despite interest from Leeds and Rangers, according to a report.
Leeds manager Garry Monk was looking to sign the England Under-20 international, who impressed in a midfield enforcer role while on loan at Rangers last season.
The Scottish Daily Record claim that the 21-year-old has secured terms with Rotherham and agreed to pen a three-year deal with the club.
Ball has followed the trail blazed by Spurs mainstay Dier by moving forward from his more recognised central defensive role into a midfield anchorman position.
It is a switch that paid dividends for Rangers last season as the centre-back-turned-defensive midfielder played a significant part in their Scottish Championship title triumph and progress to the Scottish Cup final.
“What Mauricio Pochettino has seen in Eric Dier to put him in there could perhaps be seen as similar to what the gaffer here has done with me,” Ball told the Tottenham website.
“It gives you that support at the back and also Eric’s got that ability on the ball to play out, which I think I’ve got as well.”
Ball, who decided to change allegiances in 2014 after appearing at all Northern Ireland youth levels, was the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
Rangers were keen on bringing Ball back to Ibrox for a second loan spell, but Gers manager Mark Warburton admitted last week that a second spell would be dificilt.
“The fact is Dom’s a very talented boy we know well,” he told the Daily Record. “He settled in really well into the club, he loved the city, performed well for Rangers last year.
“So if that was an option for us then we would move.
“But it is not as clear as the media might suggest.”
Leeds were looking to add a utility defender to replace Scott Wootton, who was signed by MK Dons last week, though the recent signing of Luke Ayling will soften the blow of missing out on Ball.
Garry Monk has brought in eight new faces so far this summer for the Yorkshire giants, with the likes of Rob Green, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez all putting pen to paper.
In other Leeds transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Whites settled terms.