Gareth Southgate's comments may serve as encouragement for Ryan Sessegnon to pursue Tottenham Hotspur move

Gareth Southgate looks on during an England Training Session at The LFF Stadium in Vilnius at a Media Access day on October 7, 2017 in Vilnius,

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with Ryan Sessegnon, with Mauricio Pochettino thought to be a big fan.

Gareth Southgate manager of England looks on prior to the International friendly between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

England boss Gareth Southgate’s comments to the Express and Star may just encourage Ryan Sessegnon to pursue a move to Tottenham Hotspur, if Fulham fail to earn promotion this season.

Fulham look likely to be competing in the play offs this term, with Cardiff City currently in a commanding position to earn automatic promotion.

And if the Cottagers fail to earn promotion then Sessegnon is sure to be in demand.

The 17-year-old has been a revelation in the Championship this season, with Spurs said to be very interested by the Telegraph.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

Fulham are said to be demanding £50 million for Sessegnon, which is a sizeable fee for a club like Tottenham to pay.

However, Sessegnon looks as if he could be a brilliant investment, and Southgate’s comments should make a move to the Premier League appear more.

Southgate has suggested that he won’t pick players who are plying their trade in the Championship for England.

“I think there are different levels you have to keep knocking down as a player if you want to be selected to play for England,” the England boss said.

“How do you perform week-in, week-out for your club is one. But then how do you perform against the top-six clubs and in big matches.

Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates scoring his sides fifth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burton Albion at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2018 in London,...

“It’s important to look at that because that is the level we have to perform. You have to look at mentality whether they can stand up and perform in those games as well as physically.

“In the Championship, you are not quite getting the same test every week.

“The speed of the game is different, the athleticism is different. The technical level is just a little bit below compared to the top half of the Premier League.”

The comments could make a move to the Premier League even more appealing for Sessegnon, if he has international ambitions, and that should be music to the ears of Spurs.

Tottenham would have to beat off a lot of competition for the wonder kid’s signature this summer, if they are to get a deal over the line, but Southgate’s comments may just make a move to the top level more important for Sessegnon, if Fulham aren’t promoted.

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