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9th Jan, 2017 | 5:54pm

Report: Tottenham monitoring Championship wonderkid, top PL clubs circling

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham have been monitoring the progress of Barnsley defender James Bree, according to a report.

The Mirror claim that Spurs have been keeping tabs on the 19-year-old as he continues to impress in the Championship with Barnsley.

It is understood that top Premier League clubs Manchester United, City, Arsenal, West Ham and Southampton have also been tracking him.

The report details that Championship club Aston Villa are preparing to make a £4million move for Bree after watching him in the FA Cup, but it’s expected the top Premier League sides will pounce if he is made available for transfer.

Bree has emerged as one of the best young talents in the Championship and has been a regular feature in the Barnsley starting line-up this season.

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The right-back, who can also play as a midfielder, has already made 19 appearances across all competitions and has two assists.

He helped Barnsley achieve promotion from League One last season through the play-offs and they are now flying high in eighth in the Championship.

Spurs do already have two quality right-backs in Kyle Walker and Kieran Tripper, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is always monitoring young English talent.

Football Insider verdict:

Spurs would likely be dragged into a bidding war if Bree is allowed to leave Oakwell, with his huge potential clearly recognised by a number of suitors. The 19-year-old is proving himself as a solid defender in the Championship and the Premier League would be the next logical step. However, the north London club do already have two right-backs in their squad and need to be certain about his ability. Pochettino proved by signing Dele Alli in 2015 that players from the lower leagues can have a huge impact in the top-flight. The Argentinian manager has been tracking Bree’s progress this season and he could be the latest English youngster to play at White Hart Lane.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have made an offer for a young French striker.