Spurs line up move for Sessegnon
Tottenham Hotspur see Ryan Sessegnon as the ideal replacement for Danny Rose if the left-back was to leave. Rose is expected to depart after criticising the club's wage structure in the summer and falling behind Ben Davies in Mauricio Pochettino's pecking order.
Having described himself as "fuming" to have been left out of the north London derby defeat by Arsenal, Rose was also omitted from the squad against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Manager Pochettino confirmed Rose was not injured and that he was instead working on his fitness, having failed to offer any reassurances over the 27-year-old's future a few days earlier. Manchester United's interest in signing Rose, in January or at the end of the season, has raised the prospect of Luke Shaw moving in the opposite direction to work with Pochettino again.
But Fulham wonderkid Sessegnon is seen as the perfect addition to Tottenham's squad, particularly if Rose leaves. Tottenham made inquiries about Sessegnon towards the end of the summer transfer window, but received no encouragement from Fulham.
The 17-year-old signed his first professional contract with Fulham in June, but the Championship club will struggle to hold on to him for another season if they fail to achieve promotion to the Premier League.
United, Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested in Sessegnon, who this month became the first 17-year-old to score a hat-trick in one of the four top divisions in English football since Dele Alli.
There is no buy-out clause in Sessegnon's contract, which means Fulham will be able to demand around £30 million (€34m) if his form continues.
However, Tottenham believe Pochettino's record of bringing through talented English youngsters puts them in a strong position. (© Daily Telegraph, London)