Recent Update: Tottenham now closing in on another ‘phenomenal’ signing besides Van de Ven – Report

Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a productive summer on the transfer front and they don’t seem done yet.

Guglielmo Vicario, James Maddison, and Manor Solomon have all been signed by Spurs thus far.

Additionally, there are current rumors circulating that Tottenham is nearing a deal to sign Micky van de Ven.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Spurs and Wolfsburg are nearing an agreement about the defender.

Even better, Tottenham might not have stopped at Van de Ven when it comes to fresh acquisitions.

The Athletic reports that Spurs hope to sign Ashley Phillips from Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Adam Leventhal shared an update on Twitter, with a link to the article on The Athletic’s website.


The 18-year-old’s £2 million release clause has been satisfied by Tottenham, and other bidders have until Friday to submit their offers.

Therefore, it is anticipated that the deal will be finished over the weekend unless someone else steps in.

Spurs believed they already had a deal in place a few weeks prior, even going so far as to schedule a physical.

Blackburn apparently raised its asking price to £5 million plus an additional £4.5 million.

According to the article, it now appears that the two parties are close to coming to a settlement.

‘He’s an exciting prospect’

Phillips received plaudits from former Rovers manager Tony Mowbray in 2021, when he was just 16 years old.

He explained to Lancashire Live what makes him such a fascinating talent: “He’s 6ft 4in, he’s fast, mobile, and can pass it really well.

“He is composed and can use both feet. Ash is a remarkable young man who possesses all the qualities necessary to produce a defender in the mold in which you would like to see one.

He is still only a young boy, though. He needs more time, which is why he is practicing with the first team. This will help him gain confidence and become accustomed to the level of rigor. All I can say is that he’s an intriguing potential.

“But it’s in a position where there is a lot of responsibility, it’s not as a easy to put a really talented young defender in as opposed to a talented young striker where it doesn’t matter if he loses the ball every now and then.

“As a defender, you’re judged on keeping the ball out of the net and winning your individual duels. He is just a boy but he’s got some amazing attributes. We’ve got high hopes that he can progress quickly.”

It’s good to see that Tottenham are close to clearing the hurdles that have reportedly hampered this move.

Phillips is an outstanding talent and he has a lot of potential, having already played senior football for Blackburn.

Let’s see what happens in the coming days. Hopefully it won’t be long before Spurs are announcing him and Van de Ven.

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