Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is said to be keen on pushing through a deal for Wycombe’s exciting young striker Jordan Ibe before Christmas, fending off interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Fulham and Liverpool.
Ibe would be permitted to move during the January transfer window, if an agreement can be reached between the clubs, but it is likely the player would remain at Wycombe until the end of the season, then be placed on loan or in the youth setup given his age.
Richard Allen, who is currently the head of recruitment at Tottenham’s academy, has watched the 15-year-old forward in action and Redknapp is ready to greenlight an approach for the talented prospect based on Allen’s reports.
A bid of around £500,000 is considered to be enough for an agreement to be reached, after lesser bids from rival clubs are reported to have fallen short of Wycombe’s valuation of the player.
Ibe is out of contract in the summer, but the level of interest in acquiring his services has left Tottenham keen on making an approach now, in the hope of poaching the player before a scrum for his signature inevitably takes place in the summer.
Furthermore, Wycombe are believed to be keen on taking a deal for Ibe in January, as they fear losing him for nothing when his contract does reach its end just months later.
Ibe is said to be keen on remaining in the south of England, hoping to stay as close to London as possible, with the possibility of being immediately loaned back to the League One side.