Tottenham Hotspur decided to pass up their interest in Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson as a 15-year-old due to scouts believing that he lacked the physicality expected, according to Football Insider.
Ferguson has had an impressive start to the new season with Brighton after he became the sixth-youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League following his prolific display against Newcastle United prior to the international break.
The Republic of Ireland international has a contract until 2028 at the Amex Stadium and has also attracted interest from the big guns, with Manchester City said to be weighing up a bid for Ferguson, which is expected to eclipse the British transfer record £115million paid by Chelsea for Moises Caicedo, Ferguson’s former team-mate on the south coast (iNews).
Spurs passed on the opportunity to sign Evan Ferguson
Tottenham tracked Ferguson while he was still playing in Ireland and were in the race to land him from Bohemians but while being left impressed, they felt he had reached his full size and had doubts whether he would be able to cope with the demands of the English top flight.
Ferguson could, if he continues to develop go on to eclipse Harry Kane and Alan Shearer as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, however, it appears that Tottenham have missed the boat on his signature due to the hefty fee Brighton are likely to demand.
The Seagulls have proven with their negotiations with Chelsea for Caicedo they aren’t prepared to sell on the cheap and with Ferguson having a number of years left on his deal, it would be the likes of City who would break the bank to sign the forward rather than Daniel Levy.
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