Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to beat Crystal Palace to the signing of West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson as soon as the season ends.
Palace had concerns over a knee problem which could require surgery during the player’s medical.
They may still hold an interest in the player, although Tottenham now look set to steal a march on their London rivals.
The 19-year-old is a free agent in the summer and can discuss a move to whoever he likes when the season ends.
If Ferguson was to reject the contract that West Brom have put on the table to him, it would represent a massive blow.
The teenager has been a regular in the team under Slaven Bilic, playing 21 games during the 2019/20 campaign.
Of late he has struggled for game time and his situation right now appears to be in the air.
Tottenham are looking for competition at right-back. Serge Aurier has been the number one choice under Jose Mourinho but in reserve, there isn’t a great deal.
Ferguson could prove a smart addition as he has massive potential and certainly wouldn’t cost Tottenham a fortune in salary.
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The West Brom man would put a tick in the box as far as Tottenham’s homegrown quota goes.
He came through the ranks as a central defender but in the professional game has featured more at full-back.
With Spurs boasting a few options on the left-hand side of the defence, it seems likely that Mourinho would sign him as another right-back option.
Having a player with the versatility to play in both positions, however, would be ideal.
Ferguson has a decent amount of experience for a young lad and in the future, he could become a first-team regular at Tottenham.
If Mourinho views Aurier as a long-term answer at right-back then a 19-year-old player with bags of potential seems like a decent option as competition for his place.