Tottenham to Pip Arsenal To Signing Of Highly Rated Nottingham Forest Youngster

Defender will be loaned back to Forest immediately.

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed a deal with Nottingham Forest for the transfer of highly-rated centre-half Jamaal Lascelles.

Spurs have beaten off competition from North London rivals Arsenal to land the 18-year-old, who has made just one senior appearance for Forest. The Gunners had a £5 million bid for Lascelles rejected in January but did not increase their offer, leaving neighbours Spurs able to pounce.

The England U-19 international made his professional debut for Forest in January, starting as the club lost 2-0 to Burnley. In March he was loaned out to League One Stevenage, where he impressed, making nine appearances and scoring in their 6-0 away victory at Yeovil Town in April.

The youngster is expected to sign a five-year deal at Spurs for an undisclosed fee, with Harry Redknapp willing to let him remain at Forest on loan for at least one season to continue his development.

Lascelles will face long term competition for a place from a host of talented defenders at White Hart Lane. The club are expected to complete a deal for Belgian international Jan Vertonghen this week, while England U-21 star Steven Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, is expected to return to the fold next season.

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