Stuart Webber faces challenge luring Tottenham target Ryan Johnson to Norwich City

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Norwich City reportedly want to sign 20-year-old Stevenage defender Ryan Johnson - but he is edging closer to Tottenham Hotspur.

Norwich City fans celebrate

It seems that new sporting director Stuart Webber is already making his presence felt at Carrow Road. The 33-year-old recently admitted that Norwich City have developed quite a propensity for wasting money so it makes sense that he would adopt the same principles that made him such a success at his previous club, Huddersfield Town.

According to The Standard, Norwich are challenging Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of 20-year-old Stevenage defender Ryan Johnson.

Webber helped Huddersfield rise from mid-table to the play-offs in under two years by targeting intelligent, affordable deals and free transfers. And Johnson, who has played seven times in League Two, falls into that category with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Though Norwich have a tough challenge on their hands enticing Johnson to Carrow Road. The Standard adds that he has spent a week with Tottenham’s development squad and played for the Under-23 side in their 4-1 defeat to Everton on Monday.

Johnson is understood to have impressed the Spurs chiefs and, with the likes of Josh Onomah and Harry Winks (below) making waves in the first team under manager Mauricio Pochettino, you could understand why he would perhaps see White Hart Lane as the ideal place to fulfil his potential.

Tottenham's Harry Winks shoots at goal

However, Webber demonstrated at Huddersfield an ability to pull off impressive transfer coups, with the likes of Danny Ward, Aaron Mooy and Izzy Brown joining on temporary spells from Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season alone.

And Alan Irvine's Norwich will be hoping that he can give them an added advantage before Johnson puts pen to paper at Tottenham.

Norwich caretaker manager Alan Irvine

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