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Spurs: Paratici “looking at” Bristol City’s Alex Scott

Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici is believed to be keeping tabs on Bristol City starlet, Alex Scott, although the Lilywhites could face competition for the teenager’s signature.

What’s the word?

According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, the north Londoners are one of the Premier League clubs are who are showing interest in the playmaker, with a potential January exit from Ashton Gate having not been ruled out.

Writing on Twitter regarding that admiration for the 19-year-old, the transfer insider stated: “Several Premier League clubs are looking at 19-year-old Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott. Told there is a realistic possibility of a sale in January but price an issue. Bristol City want £12m. Bournemouth, Wolves, Leicester, Leeds, Brighton & Spurs all tracking Scott.”

This follows reports from during the summer transfer window which claimed that Spurs were keen on the young Englishman, with it looking as if Paratici and co could follow up that interest this month.

Spurs’ next Alli

Scott has warranted such clamour for his services as a result of his standout form for the Robins over the past year or so, with the ‘Guernsey Grealish‘ – as he has been affectionately dubbed – already racking up 70 senior appearances to date despite his tender years, providing 11 goal involvements in that time.

That quality has been recognised by teammate Andy King, with the veteran midfielder having given the attacking midfielder a glowing reference last month, stating:

“I think I went on record last year and said that he was probably the best 17-year-old I have played with. When you look at some of the players who I’ve had the privilege of playing with, you look at Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes, people like that who have gone on to play for England, I saw them at 17/18 and I think certainly, at 17, Scotty was ahead of those.

“He can go as far as he wants because he’s got a mature head on his shoulders and all the talent in the world.

“What will stand him in the best stead is that he is willing to learn, and he will listen, not just with me but with anyone who gives him information, he knows you’re just trying to help and that will take you a long way.”

Also lauded as a “tremendous” talent by former boss Tony Vance, it looks as if Scott is destined to enjoy a bright future at the top level of the game, with a move up the footballing ladder seemingly the next logical step in his embryonic senior career.

Although such a switch to N17 may well require a period of transition, those at Tottenham will be hoping that the England U20 international can follow in the footsteps of compatriot Dele Alli, with the latter man having also been snapped up by the Premier League outfit from lower down the pyramid.

While the playmaker’s time at the club ultimately ended in disappointment – as he was shipped off to Everton a year ago after falling out of favour – it had initially been a sparkling start to life in the top tier for Alli, as he scored ten league goals during his debut season at the club.

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The then-youngster – who had joined Spurs on a £5m deal from MK Dons in 2015 – would go on to bag a remarkable haul of 18 goals in the following campaign having truly cemented himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

While the current Besiktas man was unable to maintain that stunning form, he still recorded 67 goals and 61 assists in 269 games for the north London outfit, having made the step up from the lower divisions look rather straightforward.

If Scott can emulate that impact and hit the ground running in Antonio Conte’s side, then any deal could well represent a real coup for the club.