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Redknapp & Mancini Both Target The Same Premiership Right Back

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has joined Tottenham in the chase for Fulham’s highly rated Keanu Marsh-Brown. The Hammersmith born youngster was originally at Arsenals Academy but after being told at the tender age of 12 that he would never be big enough to make a career in professional football, he waited exactly 24 hours before signing for London rivals Fulham.

Marsh-Brown, now 18, has blossomed at the cottage and has excelled anywhere on the right hand side for there youth and reserve sides but, has been played primarily as a right back of late. He signed a 2 year professional deal in August 2009 and Fulham are in the process of looking at extending this, with Manchester City and Tottenham’s interest made public though, there attempts will need to be swift.

If City or Spurs were to wait until his contract expires they could pick up the youngster on a free transfer but with both parties looking to secure the deal, fees of around £500,000 have been banded about the media for a January swoop. He was highly thought of by former manager Roy Hodgson who included the youngster in many Europa League squads last season. Since Mark Hughes arrival ironically from City, his standing has taken a bit of a blow with him now solely used as a reserve team player.

With the promise of a bumper deal for either City or Spurs, only time will tell if the England Under 17 international will be the latest recruit on a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt into the 2 clubs looking to secure a place Champions League place for 2011-12 season.

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