Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in Bristol City teenager Alex Scott but are currently unwilling to match the Robins’ rating, according to transfer insider Alasdair Gold, speaking on his YouTube channel.
The Guernsey-born 18-year-old was a shining light for Nigel Pearson’s side during the 2021/22 season. He recorded an impressive 38 league games, scoring four goals and providing two assists.
His progress hasn’t gone unnoticed as Everton and Leicester City are also said to have been monitoring his situation at Ashton Gate ahead of a potential move, although it’s currently unclear whether they will pursue his interest with an official offer.
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If that’s the case, they’re likely to face significant competition from Spurs, who seem keen to make a move for the midfielder who can play down the middle and out.
The Robins decided last summer to tie the teenager to a four-year deal, extending his stay at the club until 2025, giving the player long-term security and allowing the second division side to maximize their price point.
With his contract situation giving Pearson’s side at the negotiating table considerable power, they have likely set a hefty price for Scott and Tottenham are currently unwilling to match that, according to insider Gold.
He said (via the Boot Room): “Right now Bristol City’s valuation is a little higher than what Spurs are willing to pay.
“So there’s no movement at the moment but maybe keep an eye on him because he’s a player they like.”
As one of the most promising prospects in the second tier, it’s no surprise Tottenham want to snap him up, but they may need to do so in the next few months to prevent his price tag from going even higher.
Although he’s now on a long-term deal and will be raising his price anyway, the 18-year-old is likely to only do better so securing a deal in the coming months could be ideal if they’re looking to get the best possible deal for him.
If they can reach an agreement, Antonio Conte’s side could even allow him to sell him for more in the future. Scott is also getting used to a wing back system and should have no trouble fitting in.
From the midfielder’s point of view, however, it may make sense to wait a few more years before making the move as he is unlikely to be one of the first names on the squad list straight away at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He cannot afford to return to youth football after making such a good impression in the second tier. Therefore, it would probably be wise to turn down a move to the English capital if both sides agreed on a deal.