Tottenham have offered a contract to Birmingham City defender Rico Browne, Football Insider can reveal.

But West Ham are in pole position to seal the signing of the 17-year-old centre-back ahead of the summer.

Football Insider revealed last week that Birmingham had granted permission for Browne to head to West Ham on a trial.

An Irons source has told Football Insider he arrived on Monday and will be have an extended spell at the club, which will include youth-team matches.

Browne has already had a trial at Tottenham that ended last month and impressed in a match against Arsenal.

He was subsequently verbally offered an 18-month contract by the Londoners.

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They have yet to follow that up with a written offer and that opened the door for West Ham to make a move.

The youngster’s future at Birmingham is shrouded in major doubt as the club look to overhaul their youth set-up.

Browne, who played in the FA Youth Cup last year while still at school, is coming to the end of the first year of his two-year scholarship at Birmingham.

This comes at a time when the club are considering ditching their Under-23s and Under-18s teams and changing to B and C teams in the future.

The closure of the academy would save costs and see Birmingham copying the model at Brentford, a club regarded as punching well above their weight in terms of recruitment.

Birmingham have already lost one high-profile teenager to an elite Premier League club this year.

England youth international Calum Scanlon, 15, joined Liverpool in January for a fee of around £500,000.

In other news, it can be revealed that only £10m of the Tottenham fee paid for Matt Doherty actually went to Wolves.