Bali Mumba may be one of England’s brightest young prospects.
And now Sunderland face a real battle to keep him, despite Mumba signing his first professional deal recently.
The 17-year-old is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City, according to The Sun, as Sunderland try to keep their prize starlet.
But should Tottenham Hotspur also be keeping their tabs on Mumba? He is the perfect type of player for Spurs to poach and develop.
Mumba made his debut for Sunderland aged just 16 and he even took the captain’s armband.
The talented teenager is highly rated by the club and has already managed five senior appearances for the Black Cats.
Moreover, the England under-18 international is widely regarded as one of England’s hottest prospects.
Surely Spurs should be looking to tap into his tremendous potential. And with Manchester City looking to launch a £2.5m bid, this is a bargain that is too tempting for Tottenham to refuse.
At Tottenham, there is a clear path to the first-team. If you are good enough, then you will play for Spurs regardless of your age.
This has been seen with the likes of Harry Winks and Dele Alli in recent years.
Mumba would surely be tempted by this rather than getting lost in the system at Chelsea or Manchester City.