Sunderland & Aston Villa Lead Race For Tottenham Youngster Jake Livermore

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Sunderland and Aston Villa are both keeping tabs on Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, it has emerged.

Livermore enjoyed a fabulous season last term, making 23 appearances in the Premier League under then-boss Harry Redknapp and continuing where he left off under new head-coach Andre Villas-Boas.

The 22-year-old’s form culminated in England recognition last month, with Livermore claiming his first cap from the bench into the 1-1 friendly draw with Italy before being included in the squad for the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine.

Livermore, who has come through the ranks at White Hart Lane, started Spurs first three league matches of the season but the signing of Moussa Dembele has since forced him to the bench.

With Scott Parker set to return to fitness in a month and Spurs still tracking a host of centre-midfielders including Porto’s Joao Moutinho, Livermore could find his chances further limited in north London and both Sunderland and Villa are ready to swoop.

The pair have been keeping tabs on the battling midfielder for some time and Sunderland had a deadline day bid to take Livermore on loan rejected, with the Black Cats eventually bringing in left-back Danny Rose from Spurs instead.

It is believed that Livermore would cost in the region of £6m and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has shown a willingness to sell any player who doesn’t not feature prominently in the first team squad.

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