By Pete O'Rourke

13th Apr, 2020 | 8:30am

Exclusive: Tottenham set sights on signing Dutch rising star after dramatic development

Tottenham have set their sights on signing Dutch wonderkid Lamare Bogarde this summer after closing down their recruitment operation, Football Insider can reveal.

The Premier League giants have been keeping close tabs on the 16-year-old’s development at Eredivisie club Feyenoord.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club’s scouts have been alerted to Bogarde’s immense potential and delivered rave reviews on his performances at centre-back for Feyenoord and Holland age-group sides.

European giants Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Juventus and AC Milan are also keeping close tabs on the teenager.

Bogarde, who has a brother on the books of Hoffenheim, has made rapid strides this season and is in line for a summer transfer.

Tottenham’s interest comes even though they have put their scouting work on hold in April and May due to the financial crisis caused by Covid-19.

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Like all clubs, Spurs are waiting to see how plans to complete the current season unfold, and the impact this will have on their transfer budget.

It is not yet known when the main summer window will open, with the situation fluid and the campaign on hold indefinitely following a meeting of the ruling bodies 10 days ago.

However, that should not make too much difference in terms of Tottenham’s success in pursuing Bogarde, an emerging player who would be relatively inexpensive.

He has been capped by Holland at Under-16 level and has been a regular for Feyeonoord’s youth teams this season

Preliminary moves have been made to prise Willian from Chelsea when his contract expires in the summer, although that deal is currently on hold.

In other Tottenham news, a major club announcement is “fantastic news” according to impressed ex-Spur.