In Focus: Tottenham will look to win Ryan Sessegnon race in the summer

According to reports in The Telegraph, Tottenham have been dealt a huge blow in their attempts to sign Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, who is valued at £50m according to The Sun, this month after their vice-chairman Tony Khan said he won’t be leaving the club before the transfer window slams shut on January 31.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that despite interest from Spurs and Premier League rivals Manchester United – among others – Sessegnon will not be leaving the Championship outfit this month with a summer exit – for a potential British record fee for a teenager – now likely to happen.

The Telegraph says that while the Reds Devils made the biggest attempt to sign the 17-year-old, Tottenham were also frontrunners and they will hope that their track record of developing young English talent will see them win the race to sign the England U19 international at the end of the current campaign.

According to the report, Khan said: “As it’s been the subject of a great deal of speculation, I’d like to announce that Ryan Sessegnon is staying with Fulham football club and will not be departing during this January transfer window.”

How has Sessegnon done this season?

He has been excellent.

It’s incredible to think that despite the fact that he doesn’t celebrate his 18th birthday until May, he has already made 59 appearances in all competitions for Fulham.

The versatile left-sided player, who can play as a full-back or on the wing, has scored seven goals and provided a further four assists in 26 Championship appearances this term, including two goals and an assist in the 4-1 win against Ipswich Town at Cravan Cottage in their previous league game.

The 17-year-old is good defensively, mature, pacy and decent with his right foot too – as he showed with two fine finishes with his so-called weaker foot when he netted a hat-trick in the 5-4 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in November.

How much of a blow is this for Spurs?

As we mentioned previously, it certainly isn’t a disaster right now given that they still have Rose and Davies.

However, Tottenham will be determined to win the race to sign one of the best young players in the country right now, and they will be aware that there could be even more competition for his services by the summer.