Tottenham Hotspur have been urged to secure the services of triallist Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United after the teenager completed a successful spell with the north London club.
The 17-year-old was part of the Spurs side which reached the final of the IMG Cup in Florida, scoring twice in the group stage to stake a claim for a permanent contract.
Tracey initially went on trial with the north London club in October and subsequently netted against Baltimore Celtic and Jacksonville Armada during the tournament in the United States to further enhance his reputation. Tracey has made one appearance for the Conference side this season and is regarded as one of their hottest prospects.
Consigned to Tracey leaving the club in the near future, Ebbsfleet are keen to secure the forward's future before he is touted around the English game. Vice-chairman Peter Varney has advised Tottenham to complete a move for Tracey and make him their first signing when the transfer window reopens in January.
"A number of Premier League clubs have come in for Shilow but we don't want him to become a commodity, touted around," Ebbsfleet vice-chairman Peter Varney told The Evening Standard. "If Tottenham decided to take him it would be a good fit, as he is a London boy. They wanted to take him on tour to have a closer look at him."
Despite having not yet made his full senior debut, Tracey would have good reason to expect immediate first-team exposure under Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine boss has blooded several players from the club's academy since his arrival at White Hart Lane, while the first-team is full of youngsters including Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
In April, chairman Daniel Levy pledged to invest heavily in young players in order to secure the club's future ahead of the building of their new stadium. Minutes from a meeting between Levy and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust read: "THFC's transfer comfort zone was with younger players around the £10m-15m price range and they would look to return to that policy.
"[It] was felt that moving away from this strategy in summer 2013 hadn't worked well for THFC, however, DL [Daniel Levy] was keen to stress the club had backed the coach [Andre Villas-Boas] and technical director [Franco Baldini] with those purchases."