Spurs could make bargain swoop for teenage star

Bolton Wanderers are set to make a decision on the future of Tottenham Hotspur target Luca Connell in the coming days, per The Bolton News.

What’s the word?

The club are in dire financial trouble and were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2018-19 season; they will begin the next campaign with a 12-point deduction after being placed into administration.

The Bolton News report that the club is now attempting to raise funds and that they see more value in young prospects as opposed to first-team stars, with Connell wanted by a number of clubs.

The Sun claimed earlier this month that Spurs were among the suitors for the 18-year-old, who is also wanted by Wolves, Everton and Norwich.

Connell’s contract actually expires next month but Bolton will be due a £300,000 fee due to compensation rules relating to young players, and they are now set to decide whether or not they will attempt to extract a fee from any interested party.

The teenager plays primarily as a defensive midfielder and made 10 Championship appearances in 2018-19.

Levy time

This could work out brilliantly for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Bolton are clearly desperate to sell in order to raise funds, however negligible the price may seem for a Premier League club, and Connell is a highly-rated youngster who would fit right in with Spurs’ academy.

He has been capped at youth level by the Republic of Ireland, playing for the Under-17s and the Under-18s and appears primed to make the step up.

Of course, he is unlikely to move to Spurs and instantly start strutting his stuff at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but this is a low-risk, high-reward deal that Levy will surely love.

If he doesn’t make it, Spurs are almost guaranteed to make a profit; if he does, they’ve got a star on the cheap.