Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly preparing a move for Fulham left-back and mooted Liverpool target Ryan Sessegnon ahead of the January transfer window as Mauricio Pochettino goes in search of potential replacements for Danny Rose, who is of interest to Manchester United.
Sessegnon's stock has risen dramatically since breaking into Slavisa Jokanovic's first-team aged just 16 last season. The versatile defender, who was part of the England Under-19 squad that won the European Championship in the summer, played a key part in the Whites' charge for promotion last season and has figured heavily for his boyhood club during the current campaign, which has not exactly gone to plan.
Fulham reportedly turned down a £25m bid from Tottenham for Sessegnon during the summer transfer window and managed to tie their prized asset down to a new three-year contract as they looked to improve upon last season, during which they reached the play-off semi finals. But Jokanovic's side's push for the Premier League is already all but over, with Saturday's defeat against Sunderland on Saturday (16 December) just one of a number of frustrating results that have littered the Cottagers' stop-start season.
Despite Fulham's struggles, interest in Sessegnon from the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool has not dimmed. With uncertainty surrounding the future of Rose, who made no secret of his willingness to leave Tottenham to satisfy his thirst for trophies, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is scouring the market for potential replacements for the former Sunderland loanee. Sessegnon is the primary candidate to replace Rose, according to the Mirror, but Pochettino also wants to lure Ryan's brother Steven to north London as well.
Steven, who was part of the England Under-17 squad that won the World Cup a couple of months ago, would cost around £10m with his sibling Ryan priced at £20m, his value presumably depreciating due to the decreasing length on his contract and unlikelihood of Fulham achieving promotion.
Tottenham have been keeping tabs on the Sessegnon brothers for around two years, but they will almost certainly not be given a clear path to sign Ryan. Liverpool and United have both been credited with an interest in the teenager, who has no release clause in his contract in west London.
Liverpool allowed young forward Sheyi Ojo to join Fulham on loan in the summer and could use him as a bargaining tool in a deal for Sessegnon, though the young full-back, who is actually more effective when utilised in an attacking position, apparently wishes to remain in London.