Spurs are reportedly battling Championship giants Leeds United to sign Dan Happe.
Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton has warned young defender Dan Happe against a move away from Brisbane Road with Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and Leicester City all linked so far, speaking to The Guardian.
At the age of 20, a centre-half who has been likened to England international Harry Maguire is attracting the interest of clubs right at the top of the Football League.
The Mail claimed last week that Leeds have a long-term interest in Happe, a technically gifted defender who should fit perfectly into Marcelo Bielsa’s possession-based style.
And according to The Sun, Tottenham have thrown their hat into the ring by making a £300,000 bid – an offer that Orient have rejected.
In an ideal world, Embleton would still be able to call upon Happe as Leyton Orient prepare for their first season back in League Two, and the manager believes another season in the red shirt would be the best course of action.
“He’s a very good player and it would be naive of me to stand here and try and put anybody off saying he’s not. You’ve only got to watch him to see what he’s capable of,” Embleton said.
“I personally think that for Dan’s development, being here for at least another season is really going to kick him on to make that big stride when that time comes, so I think that’s certainly something that we think is right for Dan.
“Ultimately, beyond all of that, the one thing that has to happen if any player is going to go anywhere is the bid and what people are willing to pay and what we’re willing to accept has to be right.”
With Leeds expected to sell cult hero and star man Pontus Jansson in the next few days, a gap has suddenly opened up at the heart of Bielsa’s backline.
But is a 20-year-old from Non League the right man to replace a player with the quality, personality and influence of Jansson at Elland Road?