Tottenham gazump five Premier League clubs in bid to sign record-breaking Welsh wonderkid

-Credit: (Image: YouTube/Glentoran Football Club)
-Credit: (Image: YouTube/Glentoran Football Club)

Tottenham Hotspur are poised to announce the signing of 16-year-old Glentoran striker George Feeney, having outmanoeuvred other Premier League clubs for his signature.

Feeney made history last October when he became the youngest ever goalscorer for the Northern Irish side. At just 15, he scored a remarkable goal in the second half of Glentoran's BetMcLean Cup first-round victory over Dollingstown.

The young talent has been at the centre of an international dispute between the football associations of Northern Ireland and Wales, both keen to include him in their international pathway. He has represented Northern Ireland at youth level, but most recently turned out for Wales U16s, playing seven games and scoring two goals for them, against Japan and Saudi Arabia, between March and May this year.

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Despite his tender age, Feeney was a regular feature in Glentoran's first-team squad last season, impressing with numerous goals for the East Belfast club's reserve team throughout the campaign.

Tottenham managed to fend off interest from Brighton, Brentford, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest to secure the teenager's services, reports Football London.

The deal is expected to include add-ons that will benefit Glentoran in the future. Feeney is set to join the north London club next week and will be announced as part of the new intake of academy scholars, typically revealed to the public in early July each year by the club.

The gifted young striker, who celebrated his 16th birthday in January, hails from a family steeped in international football history. He is the son of ex-Bournemouth, Luton, Cardiff, Swansea and Northern Ireland forward Warren Feeney, who was also his manager at Glentoran.

George's birth in Newport has allowed him to represent both Northern Ireland and Wales at U16 level, as well as the former at U17 level. Both nations are eager to secure the speedy, sharpshooting youngster for their teams.

Warren Feeney during his Swansea days -Credit:Huw Evans Agency, Cardiff
Warren Feeney during his Swansea days -Credit:Huw Evans Agency, Cardiff

Should Feeney ascend to senior international status, he would be the fourth generation of his family to achieve this feat, following in the footsteps of his father Warren, grandfather Warren Snr, and great-grandfather Jim.

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There appears to be a certain symmetry to the teenager's career trajectory as he is set to join Spurs' successful U18s team, coached by Stuart Lewis, Bradley Allen and Jermain Defoe. Interestingly, Feeney's father Warren played alongside Defoe at Bournemouth in 2001 while on loan from Leeds United.

This was during a season when a young Defoe, himself on loan from West Ham, had already netted in ten consecutive matches, equalling a record. The England international should therefore have plenty of wisdom to share with the younger Feeney as he strives to make his mark on the sport in the coming months and years.