Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is close to quitting the club, with Tottenham Hotspur expected to seal a deal for the youngster, according to the Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old shone for the Cottagers during their Championship promotion campaign in 2017-18 and was widely touted with a big-money switch last summer, with a host of Europe’s top clubs rumoured to be interested.
After staying put, reported Tottenham target Sessegnon endured a tough Premier League season in which Fulham were relegated and he struggled to make the impact many expected of him.
That perceived below-par performance is reflected in a price drop for the teenager; while last summer he was set to command a fee in excess of £50 million, Tottenham are set to land him for just £30 million before the transfer window closes.
Although many felt that the England under-21 international failed to live up to the hype last term, he did contribute to eight top-flight goals, with two strikes of his own and a further six assists.
That represents a decent return for a young player with no previous experience in England’s biggest league, playing in a side that struggled from start to finish, picking up just 26 points in total.
Sessegnon is comfortable anywhere on the left flank, although given that it has been widely speculated that Tottenham will move on Danny Rose before the window slams shut, it would appear that he would be being signed to play as a left-back.
Spurs have already landed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, as well as Jack Clarke from Leeds United, although he has been loaned back for the upcoming campaign.
With the club having spent big on a new stadium, it is thought that some players may have to be moved on to free up significant funds, with speculation over the futures of Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham play Inter Milan in a friendly on Sunday, before their opening Premier League fixture next Saturday evening, a home clash against newly promoted Aston Villa.