By Russell Edge

Tottenham are keeping close tabs on League One side Walsall’s 17-year-old striker Mitchel Candlin, according to a report.

The Irish Sun claim on their website that the North London side have been watching the youngster closely, and have already developed a notable scouting report on the forward.

However, the report states that Mauricio Pochettino’s side faces a battle with fellow Londoners West Ham to secure his signature.

Candlin, who is reported to have signed his first professional contract in August, broke through into the first team at Walsall back in April, making five appearances of which one was in the starting XI.

He started this season with the first team, making another substitute appearance in their opening game, but has gone on to make just one further appearance, having seen himself fall out of the senior reckoning for the past four matches.

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He is contracted at the club until 2020, and has been invited to train with the England under-18 side.

Football Insider verdict:

Tottenham boss Pochettino has developed a reputation as a manager who shows faith in his young talents, such as Kyle Walker-Peters so the interest shown by Spurs may be turning Candlin’s head. West Ham also offer a fascinating option, with the likes of Declan Rice having broken into the first team under Slaven Bilic, and it is understandable why both sides are in the hunt for the 17-year-old. However, he is yet to prove himself at League One level, with no senior goals to his name, and his omission from the first team there might suggest he has some way to come until he is at the required level for Spurs or the Hammers to invest. One to watch.

In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli’s future is set to be discussed over the coming days.

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