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Palace and Tottenham prepare for clash over wonderkid fee

Crystal Palace and Tottenham are set to do battle over a fee for youngster John Bostock after Tottenham claimed that they had signed the star.

The Daily Express reports that Bostock confirmed the move to White Hart Lane yesterday and a tribunal will most likely decide the fee for which he move.

However, Palace moved quickly to quash any rumours and a club statement on thier official website read: “Crystal Palace F.C would like to announce that no agreement has been reached for the services of the 16-year-old and he is still registered with Crystal Palace F.C.”

Despite this the England youth star confirmed his move to White Hart Lane telling the press: “I am defenitely ready to make this move and Spurs is the team i wanted to join.”

“I feel that this is a club with a great future and this is where I want to develop my potential and improve as a player.”

Bostock is now likely to join Tottenham’s prestiged academy in place for next season and may even make appearences in both reserve team and possibly on the bench for the first-team.

Sporting Director for Tottenham Damien Comolli said: “We are very pleased that John has decided to join us.”

“We know that he has talent but we also know that he is only 16 so we will not rush him. He will have time to develop and will be working with a very talented development squad.”

Top clubs like Chelsea and Barcelona had all been linked with the youngster however, the England-under 17 star seemed set to stay in England and with the limited chances to break into the Chelsea team it seems that Bostock is set on joining Spurs.

Bostock, 16, became the youngest every player to play for Crystal Palace when he made his debut as a second-half substitute against Watford in October 2007 aged 15-years-old.

[Source: Daily Express]

Sat 31 May, 2008
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