By Richard Parks
Tottenham have been given a huge boost in their bid to sign Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon despite growing Manchester United interest, according to reports.
The Times claim Spurs are keen to land the 17-year-old left-sided ace, who was recently named Championship player of the season, and have scouted him extensively.
It is said that United have also shortlisted Sessegnon to become their new left-back but the teenager would prefer to remain in his native London.
This comes after the Daily Mail report that former Fulham striker and BBC pundit Leroy Rosenior is one of many who believe a deal has already been done for Sessegnon to move to White Hart Lane.
Sessegnon has been in sensational form for Fulham, scoring 15 goals in 47 appearances in 2017-18, including 11 since Boxing Day to kickstart a golden run for the team.
In addition to player of the year, he also won the Championship’s young player of the season and apprentice of the year awards, and was named in the Championship team of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
Sessegnon already looks too good, too clinical to be restricted to a left-back role, even a wing-back position. The 17-year-old with the world at his feet is emerging as a matchwinner and prolific goalscorer. He has made the Championship team of the season in his first two campaigns – aged just 16 and 17 – and is now the undisputed best player in the division. Naturally, that doesn’t mean the left footer could play for a Champions League calibre club like Spurs every week, and Sessegnon must be careful to leave a team where he is the first name on the teamsheet for one where he won’t be. But Tottenham would be a better move for him than Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino has an excellent track record of developing and trusting in youth, the same of which can’t be said for Jose Mourinho, who wasn’t even willing to play Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku in their early 20s.
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