Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly set their sights on Middlesbrough’s Hayden Hackney.
As well as Tottenham, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are also eyeing Hackney.
Now, transfer insider Dean Jones has claimed “it is true that Spurs have interest” in the highly-rated Boro talent.
However, Jones – writing on GiveMeSport – sought to play down reports suggesting Tottenham are the favourites to sign Hackney.
He also claimed that a January move for the player seems unlikely, with a summer move more likely to be on the cards.
“Hayden Hackney is the talk of the town after his goal against Chelsea,” wrote Jones. “And it might not be too long before he is testing himself against teams of that quality every week.
“Spurs are the side being talked about as the favourites to sign him, but that is not quite the case because Middlesbrough refuse to consider anyone as likely to sign him at this moment in time.
“There is an acceptance that he probably will make a move in the summer, and it is true that Spurs have interest.
“But this is a very early stage of that process, so there is scope for plenty of other teams to challenge for his signature.”
Tottenham Hotspur set sights on Hayden Hackney
Tottenham have made quite a name for themselves in recent years with regards to signing top prospects and turning them into established first-teamers, such as Pape Matar Sarr and Destiny Udogie.
And Hackney is certainly a top prospect. For a 21-year-old Championship player to be linked with some of England’s biggest clubs is testament to his outstanding ability and potential.
And it’s not surprising to see such positive speculation about Hackney, whose efforts over the past one-and-a-half seasons have kept Boro in and around the promotion race.
Last term, the defensive midfielder made 36 Championship appearances as his club reached the playoffs.
And this season, Hackney is on 16 league outings as Michael Carrick’s charges remain just a few points outside the top six.
However, the Carabao Cup is where the Redcar-born talent has really made a name for himself on the big stage.
Hackney scored the only goal of the game for Boro in their semi-final first-leg triumph over Chelsea at the Riverside Stadium in midweek.
With so much for the Teesside outfit to play for this season, Jones is right in suggesting that this is more likely to be a summer move.