Friday, 7 October 2011

Spurs boss Redknapp making Clayton bid


HARRY REDKNAPP IS LINING UP A MOVE FOR CREWE'S TEENAGE WONDERKID MAX CLAYTON.

The Spurs boss sent scouts to check on Clayton's full debut in the 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Macclesfield on Tuesday.

And they were rewarded by seeing the 17-year-old score his first goal in senior football to cap a tantalising display.

Clayton was at the centre of a controversial approach from Liverpool two years ago with the Reds keen to pay £1m for his services.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi claimed Liverpool had made an illegal approach for the exciting talent, whose father Paul also played for the Alex.

That story put Clayton on the map and he backed up the hype with impressive performances for England in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Spurs were keen to see what Clayton could do against rugged League Two defenders though as they consider a bid.

And the youngster's headed winner proved he can mix it in the senior game and come out on top.

Crewe would be reluctant sellers of Clayton or his young England team-mate Nick Powell though.

Gradi believes they can thrive under his tutelage to greater effect than spending their time playing youth team football at a Premier League club.

Redknapp does have a track record of bringing through young talent.

He snapped up right back Kyle Walker from Sheffield United in 2009 when he was 19 and moulded him into an England prospect.

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