Tottenham Hotspur are interested in snapping up England U20 international Nathan Bishop from Southend United this summer, according to the Sun (14 June, page 57).
Spurs have been scouring the Football League for talented, homegrown youngsters in the last few years, perhaps inspired by the huge success Dele Alli has enjoyed in North London since his 2015 move from MK Dons.
The Sun believes that Bishop, a 19-year-old goalkeeper, has caught the eye of the Champions League finalists.
Bishop emerged as one of the best young shot-stoppers in Britain in recent months, starting 21 League One games as Southend narrowly avoided relegation. He even made his England U20 debut in the Toulon Tournament against Guatemala this week.
The Sun claims that Spurs could snap him up for just £200,000. Interestingly, Bishop had a trial at West Ham a few years ago and was on the wrong end of a 7-2 defeat by Tottenham at youth level.
With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, Tottenham have provided a platform for several England internationals to make their name with Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Alli all emerging as established top flight talents under the Argentine tactician.
And with Michel Vorm out of contract and Hugo Lloris struggling for form during a difficult 2018/19 campaign for club and country, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Bishop forces his way into the Tottenham team quicker than expected.
This could be the perfect environment for a massive goalkeeping talent to go from strength to strength.
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