Phil Brown says Southend United are nearing Tottenham loan signing

Southend manager Phil Brown

The Shrimpers are pursuing a deal with Tottenham for the England youth international.

Southend United boss Phil Brown has confirmed to the Echo that he is keen on taking a Tottenham Hotspur youngster on loan - although he stopped short of naming the player.

The Echo report states that the teenager has trained with the Shrimpers this week, and that Brown is eager to get the deal agreed in time for Southend's game against Fleetwood Town this weekend.

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“There are still a few thing to sort out but we’re hopeful of being able to get the deal done,” Brown is quoted as saying by the Echo.

“He would definitely be a good signing for us.”

Tottenham Academy, an unofficial but often well-informed Twitter account who closely follow the club's youth players out on loan and at Hotspur Way, suggested the player was versatile 19-year-old Luke Amos, who featured for the first team during the pre-season friendlies in Australia.

Amos, who has played at fullback and across the midfield, is yet to make his competitive debut for the first team, but is highly thought of at White Hart Lane.

If the deal is to go through, it represents a change in tact by Mauricio Pochettino, who had previously been reluctant to let his academy players go out on loan. Anton Walkes - another who, like Amos, caught the eye in preseason and went on to make his debut in the 5-0 win over Gillingham last year, has already agreed a loan switch to new MLS side Atlanta United, and it looks like Amos could be set to follow him in the near future.

Southend are currently battling for a play-off spot in the English third tier, and the experience of any Tottenham youngster in such a battle will only be productive in such an environment.

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