Spurs join United & Liverpool in English prodigy chase

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Tottenham Hotspur are the latest Barclays Premier League club to be linked with a move for Manchester United and Liverpool target Jordon Ibe.

The Wycombe Wanderers starlet, who broke a club record in August when debuting in the Carling Cup at the age of 15 years 244 days, has shot to prominence with some eye-catching performances at senior level in Npower League One.

Scouts from a handful of clubs have taken a closer look at the player, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish one of the first to be credited with an interest.

Manchester United quickly followed suit, with Sir Alex Ferguson dispatching members of his team to go and check on the player.

And now, The Independent claims Spurs have joined the race for the player, with head of recruitment Richard Allen monitoring Ibe's progress.

The report goes on to claim that Harry Redknapp's side are ready to 'lodge' a bid for the player, with a fee in the region of £500,000 set to be placed on the table in an effort to secure the attacking midfielder's signature at White Hart Lane.

Ibe's signing would be a major coup for Tottenham Hotspur, given the interest from such high-profile rivals in the division.

Liverpool have previously been credited as the front-runners in the race for Ibe, with Reds director of football Damien Comolli making moves to bolster the club's academy since his appointment at the club.

Raheem Sterling, and more recently Seyi Ojo, have been drafted in for figures that could rise into the millions, and a similar package would be needed if Ibe were to join the Liverpool academy at Anfield.

Whilst Kenny Dalglish would be unlikely to see the player at senior level on Merseyside, his capture would be a clear indication of Liverpool building for the future.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are another club who pride themselves on developing young talent into first team regulars at Old Trafford.

The class of '99 is the greatest example of young players leading to trophies at a club, with the Red Devils winning the treble with a large group of 'kids' in the side.

Ferguson's current senior side has a handful of starlets who have graduated through the Manchester United academy ranks, with Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck two examples at domestic and international level.

Last season's FA Youth Cup winners, the future is clearly bright for the manager who succeeds Ferguson at Manchester United, and Ibe would add further to the quality coming through at the champions.

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