By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Nottingham Forest’s teenage centre-back Jamaal Lascelles, Goal.com can reveal.
The two clubs are in advanced talks over a deal that sources have said is “90 per cent done” after Arsenal dropped out of the running to land the England Under-19 international.
Tottenham and Forest have been locked in negotiations over the terms of the deal, including the costs of target-related add-ons. The initial down payment will cost at least £2 million.
It is understood that Spurs want the 18-year-old to gain further experience by spending next season on loan, with the teenager most likely to return to Forest.
Lascelles has been recommended by David Pleat, the former White Hart Lane manager and director of football, who has been advising the club in an unofficial capacity on young English players since leaving his role as a consultant to Forest last year.
“Spurs are really excited about him,” a source told Goal.com. “He is in the same mould as a young Sol Campbell.”
Lascelles has made only one appearance for Forest but had a successful loan spell at League One club Stevenage at the end of last season.
The 6ft 2in centre-back, who is regarded as one of the best defenders in his age group in the country, has also been capped by England at both Under-18s and Under-19s level.
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