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Report: New Spurs signing is a ‘lifelong’ fan of the club and pushed for transfer

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According to Yorkshire Live, new Tottenham signing Will Lankshear is a lifelong Spurs fan and pushed to join the North London club this summer.

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Spurs officially announced the signing of Lankshear from Sheffield United earlier this week, with the forward set to join the club’s academy. 

The 17-year-old forward is considered to be one of the best players of his age group in the country, having scored 38 goals in 48 appearances for the Blades’ Under-18s and Under-23s.

Sheffield United only signed the teenager 12 months ago after he was released by Arsenal but Yorkshire Live explains that the EFL club would have preferred to keep him.

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Lankshear, a Spurs fan, and his dad had however expressed a desire to join Antonio Conte’s side and Heckingbottom has wished him well, describing him as a player with a gift for scoring goals.

Striker Will Lankshear Has Signed For Spurs

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He also paid tribute to the great work of the academy staff in bringing him to the club in the first place.

“It’s a good deal for lots of reasons,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live. “In terms of him as a player we really like him. We think he has a good gift to score goals and credit to Steve Holmes (head of academy recruitment), Jack Lester and all the academy staff last year for getting that player in.

“He was only let go from Arsenal 12 months ago so for us to get a deal potentially up and above £2.5m is fantastic business for a 17-year-old lad who could leave us next summer.

“Once you get certain clubs come in, whether it’s right or wrong, they made contact and the player and the dad wanting to leave it makes things difficult.

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“He is our player and we had to make sure the deal was right.

“He’s a scholar and there is a professional contract there for him but like I say he doesn’t have to sign it. You look at the teams who were in, Brentford, Spurs, I have said before we are never going to offer the most money. No player is coming for money the pathway is what we can offer.

“We wish him well, we love the kid. Everyone deserves a big pat on the back for getting him here.

“First, identifying that Arsenal may release him. Second, for getting him in the door because he could have gone elsewhere for more money and better facilities, but he would not have got better coaching and a better environment in terms of development.

“That’s what we hoped would keep him but unfortunately we can’t.”

Sheffield United have also inserted a sell-on clause into the deal.

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