The race is on to sign Tottenham Hotspur starlet Tashan Oakley-Boothe with the Mail claiming that Leeds United, Derby County and Huddersfield Town have all joined Swansea City in checking out the young midfielder.
Back in September 2017, Oakley-Boothe made his debut in Spurs colours, coming off the bench to replace none other than Dele Alli in a 2017 EFL Cup clash against Barnsley. If he thought that was the start of his career, however, he has been sadly mistaken.
An U17 World Cup winner who was recently included on the 100-strong shortlist for the prestigious Golden Ball award, Oakley-Boothe has struggled to build on that cameo outing against The Tykes.
That is his only senior appearance to date and, with just a year left on his contract in North London, the 19-year-old’s future is up in the air.
New Swansea coach Steve Cooper wants to reunite with a player who shone during that U17 World Cup winning campaign two years ago though he isn’t short of competition.
Leeds and Derby, two sides who gave minutes to so many young talents and academy graduates last season, are interested too. As are Reading, Stoke City and Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town, who now have former Borussia Dortmund youth coach Jan Siewert at the helm.
Oakley-Boothe isn’t short of options and Leeds, Huddersfield or Derby should tempt a player who will be concerned about missing the boat.
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