Tottenham should use coach's contacts to sign award-winning Nottingham Forest teen linked with Premier League rivals

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with head of coaching and development John McDermott during training

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton is said to have a close relationship with Spurs coach John McDermott.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with head of coaching and development John McDermott during trainingTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and coach John McDermott

The London Evening Standard reports that at least one Tottenham Hotspur talent could be bound for Nottingham Forest next season, thanks to the association of Reds boss Mark Warburton and Spurs coach John McDermott.

And building a healthy relationship with the Championship side could lead to future benefits for Tottenham - who are one of several clubs thought to have scouted Forest teen Ben Brereton this season (Nottingham Post).

Having scored freely at youth level, Forest could not delay Brereton's elevation any longer, and the 17-year-old has rewarded his employers with three goals and three assists in nine starts at senior level.

It was little surprise then, to see Brereton named apprentice of the year at this week's EFL awards ceremony, and there'd be few eyebrows raised if a big-money move to the Premier League - £10 million according to the Sun - was to follow this summer.

While others - notably Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United - may have been more prominently linked with the England Under-19 star, Tottenham could be the most suitable destination of all for Brereton.

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton in action with Rotherham United’s Richie Smallwood and Rotherham United’s Richard Wood (C)Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton in action (right)

Mauricio Pochettino's handling of young English talent speaks for itself, while Vincent Janssen's struggles have underlined Spurs' need for another front man to back up Harry Kane.

And with another 50-games season anticipated for the Lilywhites, Brereton needn't worry about a lack of opportunities in north London - as McDermott would no doubt assure him.

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