Report: Tottenham to battle Premier League rivals for international hat-trick hero
By Laura O’Leary
Tottenham are set to battle Arsenal and Southampton in a bid to sign Bobby Duncan from Manchester City, according to a report.
The Times report that the three Premier League sides are all interested in the 16-year-old who is yet to sign a professional deal with Manchester City.
Duncan, who is in fact the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, features regularly for the England U-17s.
Manchester City, according to the report, are aiming to get the talented youngster to sign a professional deal with them before his 17th birthday.
The centre forward turns 17 on June 25, but City know if they fail to get his signature they will be entitled to compensation if he goes elsewhere.
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Duncan ended up at Manchester City after joining them from Wigan Athletic’s academy, where he currently plays his football in the U-18s Premier League.
The Liverpool born player was rejected by his local team ahead of joining Wigan’s academy.
Despite his young age, the forward already has a notable record to his name having scored a hat-trick for England U-16s last summer.
The hat-trick was the first against Brazil at any level for an English international, the three goals also helped his side defeat Brazil 4-3.
Duncan’s famous cousin, Gerrard, even publicly referred to the record at the time, posting on his Instagram about it.
Football Insider Verdict
While there’s not much known about Duncan, other than his record breaking antics and famous cousin gaining him some additional attention, what 16-year-old would not jump at the chance to go to Spurs currently? With a manager who has famously given youth opportunities to great effect, see Harry Winks for the latest success story, it seems a jump worth making. Especially when you consider Manchester City’s currently poor track record of promoting youth prospects, despite having a whole host of talent available to them. It might be a move worth making if you want to increase your chances of first team football in the future, even at this young age.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are in the hunt for a £35,000 a week playmaker.