Southampton are amongst the list of clubs chasing a loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur youngster Oliver Skipp, but the London Evening Standard has suggested that Fulham are leading the race.
Skipp looks set to seal a temporary exit this summer. As reported by the London Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho has previously alluded to the fact that the 19-year-old wants to leave on loan.
And it appears that he will have a host of options to pick from. The London Evening Standard reports that the Saints and Burnley want the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest and Reading are both interested in bringing him to the Championship.
But the report suggests that Scott Parker’s side are currently sat in pole position. However, a move may depend on whether the Cottagers manage to win the play-offs.
Interestingly, the London Evening Standard adds that Skipp knows that he is more likely to play regularly in the second tier. So perhaps it may be foolish to rule Forest, Reading and Fulham – should they miss out on promotion – out of the running.
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Parker will know all about the teenager having worked on Tottenham’s coaching staff before his move to Craven Cottage.
It may therefore, make a lot of sense to let him move to Fulham.
But given the impact Kyle Walker-Peters has made at Southampton since January, perhaps sending Skipp to St Mary’s should also appeal to Mourinho and to the midfielder himself.
Walker-Peters has been impressive, particularly since the season’s resumption. He is working under an excellent coach in Ralph Hasenhuttl and appears to be benefitting from enjoying more game-time.
Hasenhuttl will have no concerns about using Skipp regularly if he impresses. And there may be no better way for Skipp to prove himself to Mourinho than to impress while playing at the highest level.