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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  1. ‘PeRsistent’, not ‘pesistent’ ;-/

    IMHO it is a bit ‘cheap’ to suggest that (unnamed) family reasons are the only possible explanation why the lad would prefer Spurs to United.
    It is true that United beat Spurs in the race for some players, and (alas) can ‘steal’ Spurs best players, which Spurs can’t reciprocate. But Spurs also beat United in the race for quite a few: in recent years, Gareth Bale springs to mind; and, ironically, Berbatov (git). They can’t all ‘just’ go to Spurs over United because of (unspecified) family reasons, can they?
    Perhaps ‘Arry have an enviable reputation amongst players, and when comparing reputations a significant minority would actively prefer ‘Arry to Fergie. Or maybe some are shrewd enough to calculate that Fergie is coming into the final straight of his career, whereas ‘Arry is entering the best days of his.
    I could think of more reasons, so could you please make clear these ‘family reasons’ or don’t speculate.
    ps Even if you can it is still possible that other facators, such as those above may also be of importance in a decision such as this.


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