According to Football Insider, Tottenham are interested in signing Nathan Ferguson this summer and are plotting a £4m move for the West Brom sensation, who came within moments of joining Crystal Palace in January.
Well, Jose Mourinho’s side initially pulled out of the race to sign the 19-year-old, after scouting him extensively earlier in the season.
However, the north Londoners now plan to go back in for the teenager, who has shown his impressive versatility this term by appearing at left-back on 12 occasions, while also making nine appearances on the right of defence.
As aforesaid, the Eagles came extremely close to landing the West Brom No.36 in January, with the full-back even undergoing a medical, although an issue with his knee eventually saw the deal collapse.
Ferguson has previously been likened to West Ham star Declan Rice by Baggies boss Slaven Bilic.
“Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice. He’s only 18 on paper but his mind is 25 or 27 – he’s not a kid. He’s only a kid in a positive way in that he’s not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.”
Could the Eagles live to regret not getting Ferguson over the line in January?
After all, Spurs are a Champions League club with major pulling power, seeing as they are situated in London and are housed in arguably the best stadium across Europe today.
Furthermore, his chances of game time appear to be realistic, as Mourinho has only Serge Aurier as a natural first-team option at right-back after the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss sanctioned the loan exit of Kyle Walker-Peters.
The Athletic’s Dominic Fifield confirmed that the Eagles would ‘try again’ for the youngster this summer, although admitted that ‘a lot can happen between now and then’.
Ferguson – who is highly thought of and wanted across Europe according to The Evening Standard’s Jack Rosser – would’ve been an impressive coup for Crystal Palace given his high ceiling and vast potential, although if Tottenham genuinely are interested as Football Insider believe, then Roy Hodgson has a tough job on his hands to land the 2-cap England U20 international.
In other news, this recent transfer report is testament to Dougie Freedman’s scouting ability…