Tottenham step up pursuit of 19-year-old to replace £50m ace - reports
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham have identified their interest in Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, according to a report.
Manchester Evening News claim that Spurs have decided to step up their move for the 19-year-old as they fear losing Danny Rose to Manchester City in the summer.
It is understood that Manchester United are also in the race for Celtic youngster Tierney and the left-back would prefer to move to Old Trafford.
The Sun report that Spurs mainstay Rose is being chased by Man City this summer for a potential £50million fee.
Mauricio Pochettino has built a formidable side at White Hart Lane in the past couple of seasons and has a strong English core at the heart of it.
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Rose is joined by fellow England internationals Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker at Spurs.
The full-back has emerged as one of the best in the Premier League and delivered some eye catching performances for Spurs this season, but is currently sidelined with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Tierney has played a pivotal role in Celtic’s success this campaign and has helped them wrap up the league title.
The teenage left-back has made 33 appearances so far this season and chipped in with 12 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs must do everything they can to keep hold of Rose in the summer and already have a fantastic replacement in their squad in Ben Davies. Pochettino has very strong options in the full-back areas and does not need to alter that in the transfer window. However, they will need a back-up option if Rose does depart for Man City and Tierney could be a smart addition. The Celtic ace has already developed into an important first team player under Brendan Rodgers and has experience of Champions League football. He is an attack-minded full-back that would certainly fit into Pochettino’s system and looks like he has all the tools to play in the Premier League.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Champions League forward has revealed talks with Pochettino about a Spurs move.