Crystal Palace hope to win the race to sign West Bromwich Albion full-back Nathan Ferguson with a £4 million bid, with The Sun on Sunday (26/1; page 61) reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have been put off a move.
Ferguson went into this season still awaiting the chance to make his first-team debut for the Baggies. However, he has now established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the Championship.
The 19-year-old has made 20 Championship appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side. And while he is more naturally a right-back, he has actually made a couple more appearances on the left for the league leaders.
The Sun on Sunday (26/1; page 61) reports that Palace and Spurs registered an early interest in the teenager with his contract expiring this summer.
However, the report notes that Tottenham have since been put off with foreign clubs also in the running and able to discuss a pre-contract deal with the starlet.
The Sun on Sunday suggests that Palace are now planning to make a £4 million bid before next week’s deadline. West Brom risk losing him for a low compensation figure should he move abroad, so it will be interesting to see how the Baggies respond.
Tottenham’s involvement in the situation does not seemingly end just because Jose Mourinho’s side are reportedly out of the race for Ferguson.
The Sun notes that Palace’s backup target is Kyle Walker-Peters, who is reportedly available for a big loan fee.
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Ferguson looks to be a fantastic prospect. So perhaps Tottenham should be wary of being left to kick themselves if they do not make a fresh move.
He is capable of playing in either full-back role. Admittedly, Spurs are well-stocked on the left, and Japhet Tanganga has already displayed that he can fill in in both full-back roles.
But if Ferguson is available for just £4 million, Tottenham should certainly take the gamble.
They will lose little if he does not live up to expectations. And a move will be looked back upon as a masterstroke if he is able to make the grade at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.