Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a transfer battle over teenage defender George Whiteoak.

The Macclesfield Town 16-year-old has rapidly risen through the ranks at the Npower League Two side, impressing at youth level to move onto the cusp of senior involvement.

Reports in The Daily Mirror claims Celtic have joined the Barclays Premier League clubs in taking an interest in the player, and youth team manager John Askey is delighted to have the player on the books at Moss Rose.

"He's already attracting a lot of interest, so we're delighted to have him here at the football club," said Askey.

Liverpool are renowned for having one of the best academies in the country, although their U18 side crashed out of the FA Youth Cup earlier in the week with defeat to Swansea City.

With Damien Comolli working alongside manager Kenny Dalglish as the Reds' director of football, the focus at Liverpool has been turned towards building for the future with young additions supplementing the squad on Merseyside.

Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll were big-money senior additions, whilst Raheem Sterling and Seyi Ojo are just two teenage signings in the Liverpool academy.

Whiteoak would add further to the future of Liverpool, although it's unclear how much they would have to pay to bring the youngster to the club.

Spurs, meanwhile, are another club who aren't afraid to spend big in an effort to bring young players to White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale was brought to north London as a talented teenager in 2007, whilst Tottenham Hotspur have also rolled the dice in the past to bring John Bostock and Kyle Walker to the club.

Their academy is currently flourishing too, with Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly earning rave reviews as part of an U19 Spurs side which is currently undefeated in the NextGen Series (a junior equivalent of the Champions League).

Tottenham Hotspur know that they will have to bargain hard to lure the player from the Silkmen though, with interest only expected to grow in the coming months.

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