Tottenham Hotspur appear to have been given a clear run at signing Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon after Liverpool pulled out of the race, per Goal.
Sessegnon endured a mixed season at the Cottagers in 2018-19, with Scott Parker’s men ultimately relegated to the Championship.
However, he played 38 times in all competitions and is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in English football.
Liverpool had been linked with the 18-year-old but Goal now claim that Reds officials believe that he will instead move to Spurs this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino, of course, has a track record of working wonders with young players and the London Evening Standard has previously reported that Sessegnon is keen to work with the Argentine.
This may be seen as a coup for Spurs, with Liverpool the second-best team in England, but Sessegnon is something of an enigma.
He doesn’t really have a fixed position – he has played at left-back and on the left wing sporadically for Fulham – and while he is an explosive dribbler, he is unlikely to dislodge either Danny Rose or Son Heung-Min from Pochettino’s starting XI.
There is perhaps a reason, then, that the Reds are so ready to call time on their pursuit; he would not get in their side straight away and is surely viewed as an option that can be ignored.
That, alone, should set alarm bells ringing in north London.