Tottenham Hotspur maintain an interest in Fulham rising star Ryan Sessegnon, but Fulham are confident of being able to keep their prized asset at Craven Cottage this January, according to Football London.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino puts credence in giving young English players a chance in the clubâ€™s first team, with the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Winks excellent examples.
Tottenham reportedly had a Â£25 million offer for Sessegnon rejected in the summer, as per The Telegraph, but since then the left-backâ€™s reputation has grown further thanks to some exemplary performances for the Championship club.
With continued speculation over the future of Danny Rose, the Fulham youngster would be an ideal addition for the North London club.
However, despite Pochettinoâ€™s continued interest in the flying wideman, the journalist stated that he believed the star would stay at Fulham for the time being.
â€œTottenham are interested in Sessegnon, that much is a certainty, and have been for a while – Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the youngster and would love to make him a Spurs player,â€ Oâ€™Donovan said.
â€œThey also bid in the summer for him, reported to be Â£25m, but that was rejected and Ryan Sessegnon, along with (his brother) Steven, both signed three-year deals at Fulham to commit their futures to the club.
â€œThey’re also both happy at their boyhood club for the moment, and the Cottagers are pretty confident they can keep hold of the pair of them and believe that fans will see both the Sessegnon twins in a Fulham first team XI sooner rather than later.â€
Tottenham will surely have competition for Sessegnonâ€™s signature from other Premier League sides should there be a hint that the 17-year-old could leave Fulham.
As such, Spurs will need to act fast if they are to land the defender.
An offer that would include Sessegnon going back to Fulham on loan for the next 6-18 months could well be a way to convince the Cottagers to consider a deal for the left-back.
Or, the London side could offer a fee to get the first option on the star when the Championship side are ready to part company with him.
Pochettinoâ€™s track record of helping English youngsters improve would surely be a drawcard for the player – but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will need to work his magic to make a potential deal a reality.