'I have talked to Tottenham': Director says Spurs have made an approach for 'excellent' wing-back talent
Tottenham Hotspur have made an approach for Benjamin Mensah, according to Barry Fry.
The Peterborough director of football said he had spoken to Spurs, who enquired about the 19-year-old.
With the January transfer window open, Tottenham have the chance to bolster their ranks.
Mensah is highly rated at Posh, with four senior appearances under his belt already.
He has been unlucky this season, however, having suffered injuries and contracting covid twice.
Sky Sports (live transfer blog, 13/01/21, 12:46pm) claimed earlier this week that Spurs had made an enquiry for the young wing-back.
Tottenham were reportedly looking to sign Mensah for their Under-23s.
On Friday, Fry confirmed that the reports were true.
He stressed that Peterborough declined “everything” Tottenham have suggested, though Spurs are apparently still monitoring Mensah.
“I have talked to Tottenham and they have suggested one or two things to me,” Fry told club media, via Peterborough Today.
“Which I told the manager and the chairman about but they were adamant it was a no.
“Tottenham are still monitoring the situation.
“Benjy has been so, so unlucky. If he hadn’t had the injuries and covid twice, he’d have been knocking on the door of the first team.
“It’s nice that clubs like Tottenham recognise his talent but we have declined everything that has been suggested.”
Manager Darren Ferguson praised Mensah after he penned a new contract in December 2020.
“He can play as a right-back or as a right wing-back, he is aggressive and is an excellent one v one defender,” he told the club website.
“Everyone talks about the qualities that a modern day full-back or wing-back needs to have.
“And he certainly has all of those capabilities, but he is strong in that one v one aspect of the game and that is important.”
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