Stoke City centre-back, Harry Souttar has admitted that he is not paying too much attention to speculation over his future, amid reports linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in January. 

Souttar, who established himself as a regular in the Stoke City starting eleven last campaign, has had a great start to the new season with the Potters.

Michael O’Neill’s side currently sit just three points off the top of the table, thanks in part to the 22-year-old’s solid defensive displays.

The Stoke Sentinel reported suggested last week that Tottenham had scouted the defender this season and are continuing to track his progress, with the North London club said to be facing competition from Everton for the Australian international.

Souttar’s international boss, Graham Arnold has backed the 6 ft 6 in defender to shine in the Premier League if he makes the step up to the top flight soon.

However, the Stoke star has now insisted that he is keeping his feet on the ground and is fully focussed on doing well for his club this season.

When asked about the speculation over his future, the defender told The West Australian: “I think it’s just all paper talk, to be honest with you.

“There was a lot of things said but I tend not to try and read it or try and get involved in it at all.

“We just started (the season in) October, the transfer market’s been and gone.

“My focus right now is solely on the Socceroos and as soon as I get back to club football it’s purely on Stoke City and trying to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

While I would like to see Spurs bring in a top-quality centre-back in January, I do not think it would make much sense to bring in a player like Souttar, who is unproven at the top level despite showing great potential. I would rather see Nuno handing Joe Rodon a run of matches so that the Welshman can build up some confidence and show what he can do.

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