Wilmot, Premier League giants on alert after Watford end League Two star interest

Premier League giants on alert after Watford end League Two star interest

Premier League duo Arsenal and Spurs will no doubt be reinvigorated by the news that Watford have dropped out of the race to snap up Stevenage’s young defender Ben Wilmot according to Sky Sports News (below)

Watford were said by The Sun’s Alan Nixon to have taken pole position in the race to land the highly regarded based on what was thought to have been the London club’s ease at which they could guarantee the youngster a quicker progression to regular first team football.

However, as the tweet above shows, the Hornets have been buzzed by Stevenage’s rejection of their £500,000 offer for the England Under-19 international.  Sky Sports report on their live Transfer Centre (17:33) that “a separate source” told them that there is a sting in the tail to be had from Watford dropping out of the race, in that “Brighton are another club understood to be interested in Wilmot, as well as several Championship clubs.”

News that Watford have dropped out of the bidding is likely to piqué the interest of their fellow Londoners Arsenal and Spurs, two sides who were intially linked to the teen star when news broke in the Sun after he was dropped from Saturday’s game against Newport County.

On the club’s official website, Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said of that point and any upcoming switch that “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.”

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 season’s FA Cup (three appearances) and Carabao Cup (two appearances) competitions.

Now it seems increasing that his lower league experience will stop at those ten games. However, with Watford not taking him to Vicarage Road, it seems the prayers of other interested parties might have been answered.

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