Report: Tottenham have a go at signing outrageously gifted ace, price tag is £8m
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have made a move to sign Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon, according to a report.
The Sun claim the London giants “have had a go” at prising the 16-year-old left-back from Craven Cottage following a series of eyecatching appearances in his debut campaign.
It is said that Spurs have been told it will take a fee of £8million to sign Sessegnon, who is unable to sign a professional contract with Fulham until he turns 17 in May.
The Sun report that Tottenham face competition to land Sessegnon from Manchester City after the teenager came to the attention of Pep Guardiola.
“Pep will get the cheque book out as City believe Sessegnon could play for them immediately because of his outrageous potential,” the Sun explain.
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City are keen on landing a new left-back as current senior pair Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are at the back ends of their careers and have struggled to consistently produce the goods in recent seasons.
England Under-19 international Sessesgnon is creating waves in the Championship on the back of a stunning start to his senior career.
Football Insider revealed last month that the gifted wonderkid is expected to be worth £30million in two years and the big guns are all pushing hard to sign him.
Fulham have produced some outstanding players in recent years, with Celtic’s Moussa Dembele and City’s Patrick Roberts among those who have graduated from one of the most impressive academies in English football.
Sessegnon has made 17 appearances for Fulham this season, spread across 1144 minutes of action.
In August, the London-born ace became the youngest scorer in Championship history and he has continued to make huge strides as well as demonstrating a rare eye for goal from a full-back.
He has scored four goals this season and also weighed in with three assists, remarkable tallies for a player who is not only foremost a defender but also one who is so young.
Football Insider verdict:
Ridiculously talented and precocious? Yes. Destined for the top? Absolutely. Assuming his body stays strong, there appears no limit to what Sessegnon can achieve. Fulham have known for some time they have a remarkable young player on their hands and the big boys have been beating a path to the Cottage to try and persuade the youngster to up sticks before he turns 17. It will take the promise of big cash for Fulham to cave in. History tells us they eventually will – the Dembele and Roberts exits are proof of that – but a huge sum could first pass hands.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.