John Wenham has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Sonny Perkins.
In a recent interview with Football Insider, the Tottenham Hotspur insider revealed that, despite the Whites being able to offer the 18-year-old a much clearer route to first-team football, Antonio Conte’s side hold a huge advantage over Leeds in the race for the forward’s signature this summer – in that Perkins is a lifelong Spurs supporter.
Wenham went on to state that the former West Ham United prospect’s parents were pushing him to join Tottenham prior to his move to the London Stadium, before claiming that the teenager would likely receive a great deal of game time in Spurs’ youth sides next season with Troy Parrott, Kion Etete and Dane Scarlett looking likely to be loaned out.
Regarding both Leeds and Tottenham’s reported interest in the striker, the insider said: “I wasn’t totally sure Tottenham are going to sign him, I know Leeds want him. Leeds can offer a better pathway, just look at how much Joe Gelhardt has played.
“But – I don’t know how widely known this is – Sonny is a season ticket holder at Tottenham, as is his Dad. They are lifelong Spurs supporters. I appreciate he was the jewel in West Ham’s crown but before he signed for them his parents were pushing him to sign for Tottenham.
“Personally, I would make that move all day long. Hopefully next season we will loan out Troy Parrott, Kion Etete and Dane Scarlett. Our youth teams have a lot of football to play next season, we are playing in the youth Champions League and we will need a youth striker if all of those players leave.
“I would be more than happy for Tottenham to make a move for Sonny, he’s a really good prospect.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Perkins undoubtedly possesses, Wenham’s suggestion that the 18-year-old’s support of Tottenham could well see Conte’s side land the forward ahead of Leeds this summer is sure to come as a huge blow to Victor Orta and his transfer team at Elland Road.
It is clear from his business in the transfer market that the director of football is keen to add exciting young players to Jesse Marsch’s squad as regularly as possible, having already brought the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, Illan Meslier, Lewis Bate, Leo Fuhr Hjelde and Darko Gyabi – to name but a few – to Elland Road in recent years.
And, when looking at Perkins’ form during his time in the West Ham youth setup, it is clear to see that the £1.08m-rated talent would be yet another fantastic capture for the Spaniard – especially considering his availability on a free.
Indeed, over his 29 appearances in the U18 Premier League, the youngster – who started off as a central or attacking midfielder – scored nine goals and registered four assists for Kevin Keen’s side, while, over his 21 Premier League 2 fixtures last season, the 18-year-old bagged 12 goals and provided one assist for the U23s.
As such, it is not difficult to understand why Orta appears so keen to land the player who James Marshment backed to become a “£30m player” in the coming years, nor it is hard to see why missing out on Perkins to Tottenham would be a gutting outcome for all involved with the Whites.