Sources: Big development as Tottenham ramp up bid to sign playmaker
Tottenham have expressed their interest in signing Norwich City playmaker Todd Cantwell this summer, Football Insider understands.
Spurs have joined Liverpool in the hunt to prise the 21-year-old from Carrow Road following his impressive debut Premier League campaign.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club have made enquiries about Cantwell after making regular checks on him this season.
The Londoners have put their recruitment team on furlough until the end of May in a move that has halted some of their transfer plans.
But the club have still made clear their interest in the England Under-21 international, who is also on the radar of Man City.
Like their Premier League rivals, Tottenham regard Cantwell as an emerging star capable of playing at Champions League and international level.
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They do not have the pulling power of Liverpool or Man City, but Spurs do have a reputation for sourcing and developing top young English players.
They can point to the big-money deals for Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke last summer, as well as the success in recent years of the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier in addition to home-grown stars Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Harry Winks.
Moreover, Cantwell could likely get more game time in Jose Mourinho’s side than he would at Liverpool or City.
Cantwell’s future at Norwich is up in the air as his contract only runs until the summer of 2022.
The Premier League bottom club are facing a major battle to avoid relegation, which also increases the likelihood of a transfer.
Operating predominantly on the left flank, Cantwell has this season made 25 league starts among 31 appearances in all competitions, yielding six goals and two assists.
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