The Daily Express have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are expected to reignite their interest in Blackburn Rovers starlet Ashley Phillips after failing to sign the defender in January. 

Phillips is yet to make his senior debut at Ewood Park but he was named on the bench for their FA Cup tie with Wigan Athletic in January.

The 16-year-old has impressed for the Rovers’ Under-23s this season and has already featured twice against Tottenham (Transfermarkt). 

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray lavished praise on the teenager back in November, labelling him a ‘phenomenal’ talent and insisting he has ‘got every attribute’ that one looks for in a central defender (Lancs Live).

The Telegraph were the first to report earlier this month that the youngster is on Spurs’ radar ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Express have now claimed that the North Londoners had two offers for Phillips, rising to £5 million including bonuses, rejected by the Championship club in January.

The report backs Antonio Conte’s men to return with a bigger offer for the centre-back when the transfer window reopens.

However, it is explained that Tottenham might face some competition for Phillips, with scouts from Manchester United and Chelsea also thought to have watched the youngster in action this season.

Spurs Web Opinion

Based on the number of young talents from the lower leagues we have been linked with over the past couple of months, it seems like stocking up the academy with the best young talent from around the country is seen as a priority by Paratici. 

That arguably is our best bet to be able to compete with the likes of Man City and Chelsea over the long-term as we are not in a position to go toe-to-toe with them in the transfer market for established stars. 

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