Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to miss out on a move for the talented Sunderland forward Joe Hugill, according to reports.
The Sun is suggesting that Tottenham were very keen on the 16-year-old striker, who has been playing at under-23 level for the Black Cats this season. He also bagged a hat-trick for Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season and the tall frontman has the attributes to go all the way.
The report claims that Tottenham scout Ian Broomfield had been to watch Hugill in the days before the UK lockdown came into place.
However, Manchester United are now believed to have won the race for the frontman, leaving Tottenham out of luck. The figure involved to bring Hugill from the Academy of Light is said to be worth six figures.
Spurs are trying to improve their youth-team as the likes of Troy Parrott, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, and Japhet Tanganga step up into the first-team.
Hugill, who had also been linked with a move to Everton, will be another bitter departure for Sunderland. The League One side have also lost top talents like Sam Greenwood, Morten Spencer, and Luca Stephenson in recent times to Arsenal, Leeds United, and Liverpool respectively. Another young talent, Logan Pye, is expected to join Manchester United with Hugill.
Tottenham will unfortunately not have this young talent on their books next season and Jose Mourinho may have to watch as he becomes a star at his former club.