Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has claimed that Benjamin Mensah is the subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur during the current transfer window.
The 76-year-old has revealed that Tottenham had put forward a proposal for the 19-year-old, but having spoken to both chairman Darragh MacAnthony and manager Darren Ferguson, decided to reject the offer.
The Posh academy product signed his first professional contract in December 2020, when he penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Weston Homes Stadium (Peterborough Today).
The 19-year-old, who mainly operates at right-back, has made four senior appearances to date for Peterborough which have all come in the EFL Trophy (transfermarkt) and has seen his progression halted by injury and also having contracted Covid on two occasions.
Fry told The Peterborough Telegraph that despite the rejection, Tottenham are still monitoring the situation: “I have talked to Tottenham and they have suggested one or two things to me, which I told the manager and the chairman about but they were adamant it was a no. Tottenham are still monitoring the situation.
“Benjy has been so, so unlucky. If he hadn’t had the injuries and covid twice, he’d have been knocking on the door of the first team.
“It’s nice that clubs like Tottenham recognise his talent but we have declined everything that has been suggested.”
It is good to hear that Spurs are scouring the lower leagues for highly-rated talent, however, the club need to also get their act together in trying to retain some of the club’s best academy products.
Dilan Markanday could be the next youngster to leave, while in recent years we have also seen Noni Madueke and Marcus Edwards among those to depart.
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