Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has issued a warning to clubs who may be interested in some of the young talent at the Championship club.

Pearson was speaking earlier today ahead of the Robins match against Birmingham City and claimed that if they are to sell any of their highly-rated youngsters, it will be on their own terms.

Tottenham are reporting to be leading the race for their 18-year-old midfielder Alex Scott, having sent senior scout Peter Braund on two occasions to watch the player in action while also appearing on the radar of Everton and West Ham United (London World).

The Ashton Gate outfit are currently fourteen points off the play-offs and find themselves closer to the relegation zone in seventeenth place in the table.

Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici is said to overhauling the club’s scouting network with scouts given the task of recruiting the best young talent to the academy set-up (Football.London).

Pearson told the Bristol Post: “My view on it is always this – they’re our players and if we have to lose them, they’ll go on our terms.

“We don’t want to necessarily be a ‘selling club’ just to keep afloat, because what that doesn’t do is give our fanbase any encouragement that what we’re trying to do is produce a side which is enjoyable to watch, will be successful and has players come through in our system.

“That is the ideal world. Maybe it’s pie in the sky but, who cares, it’s what we aspire to do.

“This current group of players who have come through, either our system or have been in our system for a long while, are very, very promising. But, like with every business, and football shouldn’t feel it’s above that, we have to make decisions which are right for the business.

“What’s important moving forward is that it’s verbalised and people understand, at least, what the rationale is behind how we operate and that’s going to be increasingly important.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Scott has performed well for Bristol City this season, having become a regular in their team but is still some way off being ready to compete for a place in Antonio Conte’s squad. 

Either a loan spell back at the Robins could be best suited for him if he did indeed leave, however, Spurs know all too well about the dangers of signing young talent and need to look no further than Jack Clarke for how they can get it terribly wrong.

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