By Richard Parks
Tottenham face a battle to hang on to wonderkid Reo Griffiths amid a contract stalemate – and fans have taken to Twitter to urge the club to tie him to a new deal.
The Lilywhite Rose Twitter account, which is a reliable source of news about Spurs’ young players and has broken a number of stories in recent months, reported on Tuesday morning that the forward is out of contract on 30 June amid growing speculation he could head for the exit door.
#thfc Academy forward, Reo Griffiths who has scored 21 goals this season including 3 vs Arsenal on Saturday is a transfer target for Paul Mitchell’s, RB Leipzig. The forwards contract is set to expire on 30 June and there’s been rumours he’s set to leave Hotspur Way. pic.twitter.com/nsysJnHBRS
— Lilywhite Rose (@lilywhite_rose) February 20, 2018
The update from the club insider came after an ESPN FC report that Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are closely monitoring Griffiths, 17, following his goalscoring exploits at youth team level.
It is said that the driving force behind the interest of Leipzig in the England Under-17 international is their new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who was in charge of transfers at Spurs until his exit last year and knows the the player well from his time there.
Griffiths, who has been dubbed the new Harry Kane, has scored 20 goals for Tottenham’s Under-18 side so far this season and enhanced his growing reputation with a hat trick in their Premier League Youth Cup semifinal win over Arsenal last weekend.
Spurs fans reacted to the growing possibility of losing Griffiths in the coming months by urging the club to agree a deal for the rising star before it is too late.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
Id leave if i couldnt get a game ahead of lorente
— Coilm Mc Ardle (@CoilmMc) February 20, 2018
If Poch wants him , he will stay, calm down lads
— fred (@EtonSpurs) February 20, 2018
Give the boy a chance…..
— JB ⚽ (@JAGBASSI10) February 20, 2018
Give him a chance vrs Rochdale
— Alex Benson-Wilson (@alexbw11) February 20, 2018
Plz don’t let him leave
— Ikey (@PochTheMagician) February 20, 2018
Noo nooo don’t make him leave.
— DonMaurishioSarri (@MayureshForever) February 20, 2018
Absolute bagsman. Club is frustrating sometimes.
— Mark (@Mainsworth92) February 20, 2018
Get him on the bench instead of Llorente haha
— kgwilliam (@kgwill2012) February 20, 2018
Not good. Resign him
— TheChayMaster (@BooBooBD1) February 20, 2018
Damn; that would be a disappointing loss …
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) February 20, 2018
Tottenham are vulnerable to losing the latest star of their prolific academy, which has yielded talents such as Kane, Harry Winks, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll in recent years, because Griffiths is yet to turn professional.
It is likely that the club will offer him a contract to secure him on a long-term deal.
In other Tottenham news, it can be exclusively revealed by Football Insider that a flying forward has agreed the terms of an out-of-window contract with the club.
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