In Focus: Tottenham may baulk at potential price tag of the in demand Sessegnon

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur target Ryan Sessegnon has no buy-out clause in his Fulham contract which could mean that there is a bidding war for the in demand 17-year-old’s services at the end of the season.

What’s the word,then?

Well, Spurs were heavily linked with the left-sided player during the summer transfer window following an impressive breakthrough campaign for the Cottagers, and Sessegnon has been in brilliant form again this term.

The 17-year-old scored a hat-trick as his team beat Sheffield United 5-4 in the Championship on Tuesday night, and the Daily Mail says that as well as Mauricio Pochettino’s men, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all scouted the teenager.

While the report adds that Fulham feel they are in a strong position after he signed a three-year deal with them in June, they know that the highly-rated player – who can feature at left-back or in a more advanced role on the flank – will leave next year if they don’t secure promotion to the Premier League and they will demand at least £30m for him.

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Why do Tottenham want him?

Well, Spurs showed when they brought Dele Alli from MK Dons that they are keeping a close eye on the young talent across the Football League, and they won’t miss an opportunity to take a look at someone like Sessegnon.

The 17-year-old could be seen as a long-term successor to Danny Rose in the left wing-back role given his strengths defensively and going forward, while he already has 50 first-team appearances under his belt despite his tender years.

Will they win the race?

It will certainly be difficult, but Sessegnon may feel that a move to Tottenham – compared to Chelsea, United, Arsenal or Liverpool – may give him his best opportunity of regular football in the Premier League, especially with Mauricio Pochettino proving that he isn;t afraid to give youngsters like Alli and Harry Winks a chance if they are good enough.

A sticking point could be the transfer fee though, with the 17-year-old potentially breaking the club-record £42m – including add-ons – that Spurs spent to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax during the summer.