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Bostock set for Spurs switch

Talented teenager poised for White Hart Lane move

By Rob Parrish.   Last Updated: 30/05/08 5:36pm

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Tottenham are set to complete the signing of teenage midfielder John Bostock from Crystal Palace.

The 16-year-old became Palace's youngest-ever player aged 15 years and 287 days when he featured against Watford last October.

Palace had hoped to keep the gifted youngster at Selhurst Park, but he has elected to work under Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane.

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Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli told the club's official website: "We are very pleased that John has decided to join us.

"We know he has the talent but we also know he is only 16 and so we will not rush him.

"He will have time to develop and will be working within a very talented development squad."

Bostock added: "I am definitely ready to make this move and Spurs is the team I wanted to join.

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

Denial

Spurs and Palace are now expected to discuss terms for Bostock, who has been valued at £5million, but a tribunal will decide a fee if nothing is agreed.

The youngster is expected to feature for the reserves next season, and possibly even the first team given the change in rules to allow seven substitutes.

However, despite confirmation of an agreement by Spurs, Palace claim the deal is far from done.

A statement from the Eagles read: "Contrary to reports from Tottenham Hotspur FC regard John Bostock joining the North London club, Crystal Palace FC 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 Football Club."

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