Tottenham enter race for Luke Shaw, eye fellow Saints full back Chambers
A bidding war for the services of Southampton’s teenage sensation Luke Shaw looks certain for the summer, and Tottenham, 10/1 for a top four Premier League finish, are the latest club linked with him.
Tim Sherwood’s side came from behind at White Hart Lane against the Saints in their last outing thanks to an inspired Christian Eriksen display.
In opposition ranks, however, it was England World Cup hopeful Shaw (7/4 to be on Roy Hodgson’s final roster) and half-time substitute Calum Chambers who caught the eye.
Reports suggest interest from Spurs could now inflate the price of 18-year-old Shaw, who is also wanted by Chelsea (7/4 to win the Premier League) as a replacement for Ashley Cole and Manchester United to succeed Patrice Evra, to £30m.
Manchester City (6/4 favourite to lift the trophy) and Liverpool (a 5/2 chance) are also in the hunt for this latest prized asset at Southampton. It has often been a north London club that has won the race for St Mary’s starlets, however.
Tottenham took Gareth Bale – then a left back like Shaw – from the Saints in 2007, turned him into one of the best wingers in the world and sold him for a reported £85m world record fee to Real Madrid last summer.
Bale’s big money move gave technical director Franco Baldini and Sherwood predecessor Andre Villas-Boas a war chest to spend, which they are now largely accused of having squandered on several below par performers, including Spanish striker Roberto Soldado.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be hoping to use that path blazed by Wales wizard Bale as a blueprint to lure Shaw to the Lane.
Backup for first-choice right back Kyle Walker is also a priority for Tottenham in the next transfer window, as understudy Kyle Naughton has flopped.
At fault for the opening two goals Spurs conceded against Southampton, Naughton’s future, like that of head coach Sherwood (7/1 to leave his post next), is now in doubt.
Danny Rose – signed as a winger from Leeds United as a teenager, but converted into an attacking left back – has also endured difficulties this term.
Injuries have interrupted his progress following a promising season-long loan spell at Sunderland.
Chambers could cost a reported £10m, so if Tottenham want to acquire these homegrown targets from Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino – a man linked with replacing Sherwood – then they will have to pay a combined £40m.