Stevenage youngster Ben Wilmot is attracting interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 18-year-old has risen through the ranks at his hometown club and has even broken into the first-team this season, featuring in League Two and the FA Cup.

The Boro academy graduate has impressed at the back alongside Jack King, who believes Wilmot has done well since coming into the team and that he has a bright future in football.

King told CometSport “It’s been good. We conceded a few goals and kept a clean sheet in the first game against Reading. He’s done okay. It’s a very tough position to play and to blood yourself in.”

“When you play at centre-back generally, if you make a mistake it’s a goal. If you come into the team higher up the pitch and you are making mistakes it’s not going to cost you a goal.”

“He’s been thrown in at the deep end, he’s doing well, he’s a good player and I’m sure he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Wilmot’s ability in the centre of defence has drawn comparison’s with ​Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson, who has just broken into the English top-flight himself. Mawson has also attracted attention from other ​Premier League clubs, with ​Everton and West Ham said to be keen on the 23-year-old.

It was reported that Tottenham had agreed a deal with Stevenage for the player, who is reportedly valued at £850k. However it is understood that such reports are wide of the mark and that Wilmot is yet to agree a move away from Stevenage, despite mounting interest.

Both Premier League giants had £1million offers rejected but will try again in the summer for the centre-half, 18, who has starred in League Two.

Spurs have strong links with Stevenage and loaned them Luke Amos, 20. The Gunners loaned Ben Sheaf, 20, to Boro ahead of a renewed bid for Wilmot.

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