By Wayne Veysey

23rd Jul, 2021 | 10:42am

Sources: Tottenham offer for Browne rejected amid West Ham swoop

Starlet defender Rico Browne has snubbed a contract offer from Tottenham to stay at Birmingham City for another year, Football Insider has learned.

The centre-back, 17, has been the subject of strong interest this summer from Spurs, West Ham and Brighton.

But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Browne has opted to remain at Birmingham for the final season of his two-year scholarship.

He is unwilling to sign a professional contract with the Championship outfit to leave his future beyond 2022 up in the air.

Birmingham told suitors they wanted a fee of £1.5million including add-ons for Browne in this window.

Football Insider revealed in March that Birmingham had granted permission for Browne to head to West Ham on a trial and Spurs also verbally offered an 18-month contract to him.

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Furthermore, Browne went as far as undertaking a medical at Brighton after agreeing terms.

But any potential transfer is now off the table until next year.

A potential move has been complicated by Birmingham’s valuation of the youngster increasing to £1.5million including add-ons.

That is more than they wanted for England youth international Calum Scanlon, 15, who joined Liverpool in January for a fee of up to £500,000.

Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton were put off by the new Browne price tag.

He spent time with the east Londoners after a trial at Spurs that ended in January.

The youngster, who played in the FA Youth Cup last year while still at school, is now back at Birmingham.

In other news, Tottenham have agreed a six-year contract with international star as mega-money transfer is close.