Tottenham are set to make Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot their first signing of the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [08:39pm] that Wilmot, 18, is heading to the Premier League this month in a deal worth £850,000 with Spurs “confident” of winning the race for his signature.
It is understood that Liverpool, Leicester, Brighton and Southampton are also interested in the teenage centre-back, but with Spurs “set to complete” their first signing, it appears that the Stevenage ace is on his way to North London.
Wilmot only made his professional debut for Stevenage in October when he played against MK Dons in the EFL Cup.
He has since made a total of four appearances for the League Two side in all appearances, although they have been restricted to the FA Cup and EFL Cup competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Wilmot is unlikely to be signed up with a view to him being placed in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team in North London and is very much one for the future. The young, English centre-back would be a good addition for such a cheap fee and he should really start to flourish when playing with better players and against better opposition in Tottenham’s youth sides. Pochettino has not shied away from signing centre-backs in the last year as it’s pretty clear he wants as many options as possible after having success with a back three. Wilmot is probably two or three years off being a first-teamer for Spurs though, but it will be interesting to see how he does.
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