Bid tabled: Tottenham move for new Gareth Bale, Levy wants deal signed and sealed within weeks - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are making a big new push to seal the signing of Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon this summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Premier League runners-up want to trump top-flight rivals Liverpool and Manchester City to the signature of one of the outstanding young players in English football.
It is said that Spurs made an offer for Sessegnon when he broke into the Fulham team at the start of this season and are now ready to table a fresh bid of £12million.
The Sun report that White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy “wants Sessegnon signed and sealed” in the coming weeks.
The long-standing Spurs contract and transfer negotiator is aware that cash-rich Liverpool are also pushing strongly to wrap up the signing of Sessegnon.
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Sessegnon, who turned 17 this week, is regarded as the next Gareth Bale given the impact he has made since entering the professional game as a flying left-back, the position where the Real Madrid star began his career.
The teenager is so highly rated among his peers that he was last week named in the PFA Championship team of the season despite his tender age.
Sessegnon, who can play at both left-back and on the left wing, has made elite clubs sit up and take notice with his precocious Championship displays this season.
He has scored seven goals from 30 first-team matches in the campaign and also weighed in with four assists, remarkable tallies for a player who is not only foremost a defender but also one who is so young.
Football Insider verdict:
There is not so much a queue to sign Sessegnon, as a stampede. Ridiculously talented and precocious, he would be a marvellous signing for any club whose manager is willing to put his faith in youth and hone them on the training pitch. Tottenham and Sessegnon appear an ideal fit. Pochettino is renowned for his development of outstanding young players, Spurs have an upwardly mobile young team and there appears no limit to what Sessegnon can achieve. Fulham have known for some time they have a remarkable young player on their hands and the big boys have been beating a path to the Cottage to try and persuade the youngster to up sticks. A huge sum could still pass hands to push the deal through but, for a team crying out for a long-term left-back option, this could be a fabulous signing for Spurs.