Transfer notebook: Tottenham join Premier League rivals in race for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Tottenham are the latest club to follow Leicester star Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

Leicester rejected offers from Brighton in the January transfer window, but the Foxes face being forced to cash in on their academy poster child after reporting losses of almost £90million earlier this week.


Tottenham and Brighton love Dewsbury-HallCredit: Getty

Tottenham are looking for midfield reinforcements with the expected departure of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the end of the season and they have a good relationship with the Foxes having signed James Maddison last summer.

£45million-rated Dewsbury-Hall, who is under contract until 2027 and has been on Leicester’s books since he was an eight-year-old schoolboy, has 11 goals and 13 assists to his name this season .

Brighton also retains its stake in Dewsbury-Hall.

Barkley stays at Prem

Ross Barkley is likely to stay in the Premier League next season – with or without Luton.

Barkley has enjoyed a career renaissance since making a surprise move to Kenilworth Road in the summer and his excellent form is one of the main reasons why the Hatters still have a chance of staying up.

The 30-year-old’s performances have put him on the radar of several big clubs and although his contract situation at Kenilworth Road is a closely guarded secret, it is believed that Luton would not stand in his way if they go down.

Manchester United’s new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a known admirer of Barkley having signed the former Chelsea and Everton star from Nice.

Barkley could also fit the bill for Brighton, who are looking for another experienced leader in the mold of James Milner and Adam Lallana to join them this summer.

Barkley has been a dominant force in Luton's midfield this season


Barkley has been a dominant force in Luton’s midfield this seasonCredit: Getty

Tavernier eyes Saudi move after milestone

Rangers captain James Tavernier is set to move to Saudi Arabia after becoming the highest-scoring British defender of all time.

Right-back Tavernier wrote his name in the record books by scoring his 131st career goal in Gers’ win over Hibernian at the weekend.

Other superstar names on the list of top defenders include Ronald Koeman, currently leading with 253 goals, Sergio Ramos and Laurent Blanc.

Being part of such an esteemed company has attracted the attention of Saudi negotiators, with former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq a potential destination for Tavernier.

Tavernier is the best British defender in history.


Tavernier is the best British defender in history.Credit: Getty

Brighton’s rare mistake

Brighton don’t make many mistakes in the transfer market, but signing Ansu Fati from Barcelona proved to be an expensive gamble that didn’t pay off.

Fati was sensationally left out of the squad for Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Brentford by manager Roberto De Zerbi, even though the Seagulls were missing Karou Mitoma and Evan Ferguson through injuries and struggling to score goals.

It is difficult to foresee a return for the former Spanish prodigy, once considered the heir apparent to Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.

Brighton destroyed their wage structure by agreeing to foot the bill for 80 per cent of Fati’s wages, reportedly £200,000 a week, when they flew him over on a private jet to sign on transfer deadline day in the summer, meaning he cost the Seagulls around £1.6 million in wages for each of the four goals he scored.

Not that owner Tony Bloom is losing too much sleep over the failure of this deal after Brighton posted profits of £122.8million for the last financial year, a record figure for an English club.

Fati has scored four times this season for Brighton and was not in the squad on Wednesday night


Fati has scored four times this season for Brighton and was not in the squad on Wednesday nightCredit: Getty
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