John McDermott is the Tottenham head of player development

By Harry Sykes

Tottenham appear to have won the race to sign wonderkid striker Troy Parrott after he uploaded an Instagram message putting on his kit at the club’s training ground.

The Irish Sun reported last month that the  north London giants had beaten Chelsea to landing highly rated Parrott, 15, from Irish club Belvedere.

There was no official confirmation from Tottenham, who rarely announce signings of academy players on their media channels.

But Parrott posted a brief Instagram Story video clip of himself at Spurs’ Enfield training training headquarters, wearing his sponsored Under Armour kit and about to put his boots on.

The Irish Sun had reported that Spurs have reached an agreement with Belvedere, a renowned Dublin feeder club, to sign Parrott in the summer after “beating the likes of Chelsea” to his signature.

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Tottenham’s first-year scholars for next season are not set to officially link up with the club until 1 July but it appears that Parrott has already begun training with the Premier League giants.

The Ireland Under-15 international has cut a swathe through youth team football and has been a prolific scorer for club and country at age-group level.

Football Insider verdict:

There might have been no official confirmation, but Parrott has let the cat out of the bag that he is now a Tottenham player. To the delight of the north Londoners, they have stolen a march on bitter rivals Chelsea to land the young Irish striker. It appears to be quite a coup.Chelsea have been renowned during the Roman Abramovich era for using their financial clout to snap up outstanding emerging talent home and abroad. The signing of the highly rated Parrott shows that Spurs’ highly rated academy has a pulling power of its own. There is a sense that there will be some champagne corks popped at Spurs for pushing through a deal ahead of the west London club.

In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.

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