West Bromwich Albion’s sporting director Luke Dowling has confirmed that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Nathan Ferguson is set to leave the Hawthorns at the end of the season.
Spurs were heavily linked with a move for Ferguson last summer (Daily Mail) but he ended up remaining at West Brom.
The 19-year-old has gone from strength to strength with his performances for Slaven Bilic’s side this season and is now thought of as one of the most exciting young prospects in the Championship (The Athletic).
Football Insider claimed last week that Tottenham have reignited their interest in the versatile youngster after his failed move to Crystal Palace in the January transfer window.
They revealed that Ferguson’s relationship with West Brom had collapsed after the baggies blocked his January move to Palace and he has thus refused to sign a contract extension with the Championship leaders.
It was reported that potential suitors will have to pay a compensation of £4million to sign the teenager if he is to walk away as a free agent.
Dowling has now confirmed that Ferguson is set to leave West Brom when his contract runs out at the end of this month after refusing to put pen to paper on the contract extension offered by the club.
He told West Brom’s official website: “We have made what can only be considered a very attractive offer to Nathan but he intends to pursue his career elsewhere.
“It’s a disappointment for everyone here but it is the player’s prerogative.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It sounds like Ferguson is guaranteed to sign for a Premier League side when he becomes a free agent in the summer with the only question being which team he is going to sign for.
While I am convinced that the 19-year-old can evolve into a top defender, he has very similar attributes to that of Tanganga. So there is a legitimate question as to whether signing Ferguson could adversely impact Tanganga’s development.
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