Report: Tottenham set to beat Liverpool in Ben Wilmot race; Southampton also miss out

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is seen during the Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on December 23, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly on the verge of winning the race for Liverpool and Southampton target Ben Wilmot.

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According to a report from The Sun (print edition; 13th January 2018; page 68), Tottenham look set to win the race to sign Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, leaving both Liverpool and Southampton disappointed.

Wilmot looks set for an extremely bright future and was finally given the chance to make his league debut for the Boro on Saturday as he played the full 90 minutes in their draw with Morecambe after 10 games as an unused substitute in the league this season.

Jurgen Klopp the head coach

But perhaps he may not get the chance to make too many more appearances for the fourth tier side.

The Sun (print edition; 13th January 2018; page 68) reports that Liverpool, Southampton and Spurs are all keen on signing the 18-year-old, but it is Mauricio Pochettino's side that look set to win the race for his signature.

It is not clear what the terms of the potential deal may be, but perhaps it would not be a surprise - if Tottenham do indeed sign the defender - to see him stay at the Lamex Stadium for a while after the move has taken place.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and...

Wilmot is still on the periphery of the Stevenage team, so it may make sense for him to get more first-team football under his belt before stepping up.

However, if Pochettino does land him, then perhaps he may feel that his development would benefit most by moving to Tottenham straight away and working with the coaches who have helped bring through a number of talented youngsters in recent times.

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