Tottenham have offered a contract to Stoke City rising star Mohamed Sankoh, Football Insider can reveal.
This site revealed Spurs’ interest in the centre-forward, 16, last month amid competing interest from the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Celtic as well as some European high flyers.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider the club have offered a professional deal to Sankoh as they look to lure him when his youth deal at Stoke expires.
It would be an initial scholarship converted into a professional contract when he turns 17 in October.
Significantly for Sankoh’s many suitors, there would only be a compensation fee payable to Stoke for development costs.
The rising star has his heart set on a move to an elite club where he can take his game to the next level.
He is a highly regarded talent who has been capped by Holland at Under-17 level and scored prolifically for Stoke Under-18s earlier this season.
A strongly built and athletic front player, he has also played regularly for their Under-23s against senior pros and much older youngsters in Premier League 2.
Stoke have been trying to tie Sankoh down to a new deal, and may yet do so.
But they are vulnerable to losing the young centre-forward, who signed from Sparta Rotterdam in the summer of 2018 when his mother moved to the Midlands.
Tottenham are renowned for having one of the most successful academies in English and European football and providing a clear pathway from youth to senior football.
Harry Kane is the star graduate of their youth set-up, while the likes of Danny Rose and Harry Winks have also established themselves as first team and international stars.
In other Tottenham news, the club are said to be well on the way to signing Premier League 24-year-old as our exclusive explains.