Spurs close in on young defender

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Tottenham are reportedly set to win the race to sign Plymouth wonderkid, Jamie Richards.

Richards has impressed in the youth set-up at Home Park and has attracted attention from the Premier League.

Manchester United have also been keeping an eye on the giant centre-back, but family reasons means that Spurs are his preferred option.

Redknapp has identified the youngster as a long term replacement for Ledley King, with the Spurs captain’s future in doubt due to pesistent injuries.

Richards hasn’t commited his future to Plymouth and Spurs hope to steal in and give him his first professional contract.

Richards would cost a compensation fee of £500,000 which would rise depending on appearances.

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