Tottenham told to up £3m bid for English wonderkid - report
By Amir Mir
Fulham have slapped a price tag of over £3million on their in-demand teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon, according to a report.
The highly-rated left-back, 16, has been dubbed ‘the new Gareth Bale ‘after impressing scouts at the Premier League elite clubs with his performances in youth football.
The Evening Standard claim offers of £3million for Sessegnon have been discussed with Tottenham and his other suitors Arsenal and Liverpool.
But it is said the Cottagers are in no rush to sell the wonderkid and would hold out for a much higher fee than £3million.
Sessegnon is coached by the academy spearheaded by the highly-rated Huw Jenkins, who has helped develop Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts.
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Football Insider revealed in February that Arsenal had made an offer for the England Under-16 captain, who has been dubbed ‘the next Gareth Bale’ by sources at Craven Cottage.
Sessegnon has been targeted by the Premier League elite following a series of impressive displays for age group teams.
He made his first appearance against Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup last week as he provided further evidence of his precocity.
Sessegnon is one of the most highly-rated young players at the prolific Fulham academy, which has produced a number of outstanding young talents in recent years, including Dembele and Roberts.
He is an attacking left-back who is a prolific goal creator and scorer, much like Bale was when he was coming through the ranks at Southampton.
Sessegnon, whose brother Steve is also on Fulham’s books, scored three goals in six matches for England Under-16s and has now progressed to England Under-17s, making two appearances at that level.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have opened talks on a £19.5million deal.