Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur keeping tabs on Ajax and England Under-18 keeper Charlie Setford
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Ajax Amsterdam and England Under-18 goalkeeper Charlie Setford. The 18-year-old sees his current contract expire next summer.
This means that the keeper will be free to negotiate and agree to personal terms with other clubs in January and a host of European clubs are interested. Apart from Spurs, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, AS Roma and Southampton have all been credited with an interest in the youngster.
Setford was part of former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad last season. The academy graduate, however, did not make any appearances for the senior team.
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This season, things have not been so good for the youngster. The 18-year-old has missed out on most of the season due to a fractured hand and has only managed to make three appearances so far in all competitions.
He has been at the Ajax academy since the age of 7 and recently switched his allegiance to England in the summer of 2019. The 18-year-old ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League and for the Three Lions.
Spurs can help the youngster fulfil his dream. Hugo Lloris has always been our go-to keeper for some time now, while Antonio Conte also bought in Fraser Forster this summer on a free transfer. Both the keepers are 35 and 34 respectively and long-term replacements are needed.
The 18-year-old has good youth-level experience under his belt and has shown that he has the potential to stand in between the sticks for a top club in the future. Spurs need to plan for the future, apart from focusing on the present and Setford could be part of that future.
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Also, we could potentially sign him on a free transfer, which could prove to be a bargain in some years. However, with the number of teams interested in him, it will be wise for the north London club to snap him before someone else does.