The newspaper claim Spurs are fighting a number of Premier League big hitters for the signature of the goalkeeper, 16, including Chelsea and Manchester City and are the first to table a “serious” offer after Norwich City had a lower offer rejected.
Tottenham have offered an up front fee of £178,000 plus add-ons and a contract lasting four years is likely in a deal in which Bazunu would remain at his club Shamrock Rovers until securing his school qualifications.
It would be a genuine coup if Spurs were to win the race for Bazunu, who has made astonishing progress in recent months after making the big clubs sit up and take notice of his precocity. He kept four straight clean sheets in his first four games since breaking into the Rovers side and went a remarkable 434 minutes before conceding a goal – which came in the Europa League against Swedish side AIK. Naturally, such numbers are hugely reliant upon the players in front of Bazunu but, equally, they are not normal ones for a goalkeeper of such tender years. Shamrock know they have an unusually gifted player on their hands and their manager Stephen Bradley has hailed the teenager as “special” and “it’s going to be scary what he can do”. Tottenham face real competition for the wonderkid and there will be concern that Chelsea and Man City are hovering. Nevertheless, it is in the London club’s favour that they have made the first serious move for the rising star, who already stands at 6ft (source: Transfermarkt) and is set to fill out further.