Tottenham could still sign Gavin Bazunu as a rumoured deal taking the teenager to Manchester City has been denied by Shamrock Rovers.
It was widely reported last week that City had wrapped up the signing of Bazunu, the goalkeeper, for around £360,000, having invited him to the Etihad to watch their demolition of Huddersfield in the Premier League.
It was claimed Pep Guardiola’s side had beaten Tottenham to the signing of Bazunu, with Spurs bidding for him a few weeks before City made their approach.
However, the Irish Independent claim the move to City has not yet been completed, with it expected Bazunu will go for higher than the £360,000 offered by the Premier League champions; there are suggestions Bazunu could be sold for over €500,000, which would break the League of Ireland record for the sale of a player.
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This has opened the door for Tottenham to still win the race for Bazunu, with Stephen Bradley, the Shamrock Rovers manager, confirming in the story that both City and Spurs are battling it out for the teenager.
“I’d imagine in the next month or so (a choice),” Bradley is quoted as saying. “But again it’s down to Gavin and the club. He needs to get a good feel for what he decides.
“It’s all still going on behind the scenes, that will look after itself. Both clubs have shown a big, big interest in him.”
16-year-old Bazunu has quickly emerged as one of the brightest talents in Irish football, despite making just six appearances for the Tallaght Stadium club.
He is still to concede a goal in four League of Ireland appearances, and also impressed in Rovers’ Europa League qualifying defeat to AIK.
Bazunu is unable to leave his homeland until he turns 17 in February, though he is expected to remain in Ireland until he finishes his Leaving Certificate next June.