“We’re aware of him” – Manager comments on transfer talk involving 12-goal Spurs player

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Dilan Markanday
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Blackburn Rovers have considered making a move for Tottenham Hotspur forward Dilan Markanday, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

The Championship outfit’s star striker Ben Ben Brereton Díaz has caught the headlines after scoring 20 goals in the competition this season and is under contract until the summer of 2022.

The Chilean international has attracted interest from Brighton, West Ham, Leeds, Wolves and Burnley with Blackburn said to want in excess of £30million (teamTALK).

Markanday was handed his senior Tottenham debut by former boss Nuno Espirito Santo earlier in the season when he came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of the defeat at Vitesse Arnhem.

The 20-year-old has been prolific at Premier League 2 level this season, having scored 12 goals in 14 appearances while also providing five assists (transfermarkt).

Markanday is out of contract at the end of the season and Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was asked about his side’s interest in the academy product.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I don’t know how close any deals are.

“Dilan Markanday has won a couple of player of the month awards in the Under-23s league.

“He’s a young boy, we’re aware of him, I’m not sure how close anything is.

“He fits the profile of the type of footballer we might want to sign somewhere down the line as a lot of clubs in this league would.

“Young players that you polish up and in a year or so they think ‘wow, where’s he come from?’

“You have to see the raw talent with these players and there are a few young players on our radar and I think it’s best until something materialises that we don’t talk too much about players from other football clubs.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Tottenham need to do everything in their power to keep one of their most talented academy players at the club.  It appears at the moment, Antonio Conte rates Dane Scarlett higher than Markanday based on his recent inclusion on the bench.

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