Tottenham Hotspur are edging closer towards beating their North London rivals Arsenal to the signing of highly-rated Nottingham Forest centre-half Jamaal Lascelles, with the starlet set to become Andre Villas-Boas’ second defensive acquisition of the summer if he does arrive at White Hart Lane.
Spurs have already trumped Arsenal to the signing of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen this summer, and are set to steal ahead of the Gunners again for the England Under-19 international, who has been closely followed by numerous scouts around the country following his impressive performances on loan at Stevenage last term.
The 18-year old, who has progressed through Forest’s youth system, has just one year left on his contract at the club, and could find the lure of a big Premier League side too hard to turn down.
With that in mind, Forest might be tempted to sell this summer rather than losing him on a free transfer next year, and are considering bids for Lascelles.
The likes of Aston Villa and Everton are also said to be monitoring Lascelles, but Spurs seem to have stolen a march on each of the other contenders, and have submitted an offer for the youngster.