The theme for the rumour mills this week concerns the possibility of young footballing talent moving to Spurs and the latest name in the hat is that of Max Clayton, a young striker who had scouts from no less than 17 Premiership sides watch him score the winner for Crewe in the week.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi has a long history of bringing through young quality players and he had high hopes for Clayton after the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Macclesfield.

“It’s experience for him,” Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke. “He hasn’t played at that level very much and he’ll be well pleased with the goal.”

Looking at his career to date, Clayton’s contributions at England junior level haven’t been quite so prolific – 4 goals in 20 under 17 appearances – but he has already attracted the attentions of Liverpool in the summer with an approach that Gradi claimed to be illegal.

It seems to be true that Spurs did send their scouts along to monitor Clayton in the week, but they were among many other candidates for the 17 year old’s signature.

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