Wilmot, Arsenal and Spurs target is pulled from match squad – £2m transfer agreed

Arsenal and Spurs target is pulled from match squad – £2m transfer agreed

According to Duncan Wright writing in The Sun, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Ben Wilmot has been pulled from today’s matchday squad against Newport County.

The Stevenage defender is still only 18, and was only promoted from the youth set-up in early April last year but he is a current England U-19 international – despite plying his trade in League Two.

Wright says that Arsenal and Spurs, who have both been tracking the highly rated teen, and that Stevenage have conceded defeat and hopes of keeping hold of the talented teen centre-back.

On the club’s official website, Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace says of the upcoming switch, “Ben came back from International Duty with England last week and we have had developments that suggest a deal will be agreed shortly for him to move when the window opens.”

Wallace then goes on to praise the youngster as one of the top four centre-backs of his age group, pointing out that the other three come from Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs. The Stevenage says that, “We have made public our valuation and the closer we are getting to that the more likely it is that Ben will move.”

This valuation is said by The Sun’s Wright to be £2 million, Stevenage having already turned down offers of £1 million from unnamed clubs.

Wilmot has featured in just ten games for Stevenage this season in League Two, with his other five appearances since promotion from the youth set-up coming in this seasons FA Cup (three appearances) and Carabao Cup (two appearances) competitions.

Alongside Spurs and Arsenal, fellow London side Watford are said by The Sun to have contacted Stevenage over Wilmot. Wright says what could be “crucial” to the Hornets chances of buzzing in and stealing the youngster away from Spurs and Arsenal is they “would offer him an easier path into regular first team football.

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