Tottenham Hotspur have officially sealed their first summer signing prior to the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Spurs have been linked to some of the biggest stars in world football, but arguably none are as exciting as Alfie Devine.
The 15-year-old was part of the Wigan Athletic FA Youth Cup side that beat Spurs as they stormed to the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 competition for the first time in the club’s history.
The former Liverpool academy player was released by the Premier League champions at the age of 11 and the Reds may live to regret their decision as he has been described as a “top class” talent by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
Wigan have sold their second prospect after entering administration as the Latics let Jensen Weir leave for Brighton last Thursday (BBC). Recent reports had suggested that Spurs had signed Devine several weeks ago, although those reports appear to have jumped the gun.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the midfielder travelled to north London to complete a medical and agree personal terms with the club earlier this month. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was left to work out a transfer fee with Wigan and the Lilywhites may turn their attention to Joe Gelhardt as well.
However, Jose Mourinho was determined to get his man and it has all worked out well in the end. Devine’s transfer reportedly cost Spurs roughly £300,000 as the Lilywhites said goodbye to Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm this week.
Mourinho has made it clear that he is willing to throw the youth in at the deep end to test themselves, as Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp have become regulars in the first team, and Devine will be hoping that he can follow in their footsteps.
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