Tottenham are making background checks on Wigan Athletic striker Kyle Joseph as they plot a pre-summer swoop, Football Insider has learned.
Joseph, 19, is out of contract at the DW Stadium in the summer and is attracting strong interest from clubs north and south of the border.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Tottenham are compiling a dossier on the young forward before deciding whether to push ahead with a formal offer.
Spurs’ former manager David Pleat is actively involved in checking out the Scotland Under-19 striker’s character and personality through his vast network of contacts.
The 76-year-old works as an adviser to Tottenham and is used as a sounding board on transfers by chairman Daniel Levy.
This site revealed at the end of January that Celtic had made an approach for Joseph and he remains on their radar as they work on a pre-contract agreement
Rangers are also closely monitoring the teenager, who is currently out with a back injury expected to sideline him for an extended period.
Football Insider revealed that Wigan rejected an offer of around £500,000 for Joseph from Barnsley in January.
The London-born youngster, who has been capped at Scotland at Under-19 level, did not make his debut until October and then banged in five goals from just 14 league appearances.
That included a hat-trick against Burton Albion in the league at the end of December.
The major advantage Celtic and Rangers have over English clubs is they can take advantage of cross-border rules to sign Joseph on a pre-contract.
Sheffield United have also been credited with an interest in the striker.
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