Report: Leeds and Spurs target Ben Wilmot close to departure from League Two Stevenage

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino arrives for the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at The Liberty Stadium...

Stevenage have withdrawn Leeds and Spurs target Ben Wilmot from squad to face Newport as transfer edges closer.

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage jumps with Anssi Jaakkola of Reading during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Reading and Stevenage at Madejski Stadium on January 16, 2018 in...

Stevenage have confirmed that Ben Wilmot has been withdrawn from their squad to face Newport County in League Two tomorrow (April 7) as a transfer nears completion.

Speculation about Wilmot joining either a Premier League or Championship club has been ongoing for some time and now chairman Phil Wallace has revealed it is close to happening.

Teddy Sheringham, manager of Stevenage talks to Phil wallace, Chairman of Stevenage ahead of the pre-season friendly match between Stevenage and Tottenham XI at the Lamax Stadium on August...

"Ben came back from International Duty with England last week and we have had developments that suggest a deal will be agreed shortly for him to move when the window opens," Wallace said in an official statement.

"We have had interest from Premier League and Championship clubs, which is not surprising when Ben is recognised by England as being one of the top four centre halves at his age level, with the other three coming from Man City, Chelsea and Spurs.

"We have made public our valuation and the closer we are getting to that the more likely it is that Ben will move."

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino arrives for the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at The Liberty Stadium...

Where is he going?

Wallace has confirmed that Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are three of the sides from the English top flight in the running for the 18-year-old's signature.

Yet there are others, with the Independent reporting last month that Watford had a £500,000 offer for Wilmot rejected in the January transfer window.

Spurs also had a bid turned down at the same time, while Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, Leeds United and Liverpool having all shown interest in the centre-back - who is valued at £1m.

Wilmot is an academy product at Broadhall Way and was promoted to the first team at the end of last season and has now made 15 senior appearances for the fourth tier outfit.

A general view as Everton players warm up prior to the Budweiser FA Cup fourth round match between Stevenage and Everton at the Lamex Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Stevenage, England.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch