Player Tottenham thought to have bid £2m for signs three-year deal to stay at his club

A general view outside the Tottenham Stadium during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crvena Zvezda at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur have raided the lower leagues - and Peterborough United - before.

Darragh MacAnthony Chairman of Peterborough United

The Peterborough United owner, Darragh MacAnthony, claimed last month that he had recently rejected a £2 million bid from a 'top four' Premier League club - which he later hinted was Tottenham Hotspur - for one of his side's 16-year-old academy scholars.

According to Peterborough Today, that player is thought to have been Ricky-Jade Jones, as suggested at the time by HITC Sport.

But any hope Tottenham might have had of signing Jones has faded even further away after the forward signed a three-year professional contract on his 17th birthday earlier.

 

It ensures that, for now at least, Jones will continue his development at Peterborough, the club he joined as a nine-year-old and made his competitive debut with earlier this campaign.

In quotes published by Peterborough Today afterwards, the Posh manager, Darren Ferguson, described Jones as 'the quickest player that I have worked with'.

Given his promise, Tottenham would be wise to keep tabs on the Englishman's progress, as they are believed to have done with another former League One prospect, Dele Alli.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 03, 2019 in Liverpool,...

Tottenham previously signed a pair of Peterborough wingers, Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington, in a double deal nearly 20 years ago.

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