Tottenham Hotspur could be about to raid Wigan Athletic once again if latest reports are to be believed…
According to The Mirror, Spurs are battling Premier League rivals Sheffield United, as well as SPFL giants Rangers and Celtic, for the signature of Wigan Athletic teenager Kyle Joseph.
The Latics have had no official approaches for the 19-year-old sensation, but could lose him on a Bosman in the summer as his current contract is due to expire.
Joseph was born in London and has been capped at U18 level for Scotland.
It would be an interesting move to make from Spurs, especially given the success of bringing Alfie Devine to north London in the last window. He scored on his senior debut last week to become the youngest-ever goalscorer and player to feature for the club.
Joseph is slightly older and has become a key part of the first-team set-up at the DW Stadium. Indeed, the young forward has featured in their last 11 League One outings, nine of which have been starts, where he has found the net on four occasions, per Transfermarkt.
If Daniel Levy were to win the race for him this year, then he’d be repeating one of the club’s former masterstrokes in Teddy Sheringham.
He, like Joseph, stands at 6 foot 1 inches in height, is homegrown and was banging them in for a lower league club in the form of Nottingham Forest.
His 13 goals for the Reds on their way to promotion from the Second Division attracted the interest of Spurs, who paid £2.1m for him aged 26, which was still very early on in his career as he went onto feature for another six clubs, including a return to the Lilywhites.
Whilst Joseph would have a lot to do to match Sheringham’s 146 goals in the Premier League, he would arrive in north London as one for the future with bags of experience, as alluded to by teammate Kal Naismith, who told Wigan’s official website:
“He’ll be a top player, a really, really good player and he works his nuts off not just in the games but all week in training as well, he has a great appetite for the game and a great attitude – I enjoy playing with him, he did a lot of work for me in what was my first game back after not having a lot of training.”
Simply put, Joseph wouldn’t be a signing that could come straight in and make an impact, but as we’ve seen with Devine as well as Dane Scarlett this season, Mourinho isn’t afraid to turn to his academy stars.
The fact that the 19-year-old talisman would arrive with genuine first-team experience under his belt is hugely encouraging, so Levy must do all he can to win this transfer tussle.