By Wayne Veysey

20th Apr, 2022 | 1:51pm

Sources: Rico Browne snubs Tottenham offer to sign Birmingham City contract

Rising star Rico Browne has signed a two-year Birmingham City contract, Football Insider understands.

The centre-back, 18, has been on the radar of the Premier League elite and came close to leaving St Andrew’s over the last 12 months.

But a Birmingham source has told Football Insider that Browne has now agreed his first professional contract with the club and already put pen to paper.

It is a coup for the Championship club, who have been eager to tie down the £1.5million-valued youngster.

Football Insider understands that Browne underwent a West Ham trial last year and Spurs have also verbally offered an 18-month contract to him.

But he opted to stay at St Andrew’s for another year and complete his two-year scholarship.

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The Saint Kitts and Nevis youth international has stepped up to the Under-23s this term.

He has established himself as a regular starter in Steve Spooner’s side who play in Premier League 2 Division 2.

After a string of good performances at youth level, Browne will be hoping to make the step up to the first team next season but that might not be under Lee Bowyer.

A Birmingham City source told Football Insider on Sunday (17 April) Bowyer’s position is under threat and he may be sacked before the end of the season.

The next day they were beaten 6-1 by Blackpool away from home as the travelling fans sang ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’.

In other news, an ex-Premier League referee has revealed a Tottenham star deserves an extended ban as ‘violent’ footage is analysed.