Tottenham Hotspur are ready to launch a bid for highly-rated Derby midfielder Will Hughes, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claims Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is preparing a bid for the Npower Championship starlet, with a host of other Premier League clubs keen on the teenager.
Rams boss Nigel Clough is ‘braced for offers and ready to negotiate’, according to today’s speculation, and the Pride Park outfit have put a £10 million price tag on the 17-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.
Levy is a fan of finding top young talent and bringing them to north London, according to the Mirror, and believes Hughes could be a major investment for the future of Tottenham Hotspur.
Whether Andre Villas-Boas agrees with the Spurs supremo is up for debate, but the manager is unlikely to complain at the thought of more bodies at White Hart Lane ahead of a challenge for the top four in the Premier League – as well as Europa League glory.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are is a state of transfer flux following the arrival of Rafa Benitez as interim manager at Stamford Bridge.
That doesn’t mean their won’t be activity in the New Year however, with Daniel Sturridge poised to leave the Blues and Hughes now linked with a move to west London.
He’d join other highly-rated Englishmen at Chelsea if he did make the move, with Ryan Bertrand and Josh McEachran both hoping to be regulars in the future.
Arsenal aren’t short of young English talent at the Emirates Stadium either, with Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere all signing new deals last week.
Wenger has a track record of getting the best out of young players in north London, and has played a key part in developing the careers of players like former Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas.
The club have also shown in the past that they are willing to raid the English lower leagues, and Hughes would follow in the footsteps of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson if he were to join Arsenal.