Manchester City spark bidding war for £1m-rated Stevenage and England U19 starlet Ben Wilmot with Chelsea and Spurs also in hunt

PUBLISHED: 14:23 07 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 07 April 2018

Stevenage's £1m-rated England U19 starlet Ben Wilmot is being hunted by Manchester City. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage's £1m-rated England U19 starlet Ben Wilmot is being hunted by Manchester City. Picture: Danny Loo

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A Premier League bidding war is set to break out over Stevenage's England U19 starlet Ben Wilmot after he has been withdrawn from Dino Maamria's squad from their trip to Newport Coounty AFC on Saturday.

According to a well-placed club source Manchester City are among the top flight giants in the frame set to battle it out with Chelsea and Spurs for the highly-rated Wilmot’s signature.

Ball playing centre-half Wilmot, 19, made his debut for England U19’s in Macedonia against Latvia last month, and is being touted as the club’s first £1 million transfer deal.

The Comet understands Wilmot has been withdrawn from the squad that travelled to South Wales to take on Newport County AFC on Saturday as a precaution against injury with a view to a transfer which, with add-ons could become the club’s first £1m deal.

The acclaimed teenager who is fast earning a reputation for being a technically excellent centre-back who can play the ball out from defence – which fits Pep Guardiola’s tactical ethos.

The North Herts club have earned a reputation for developing talented young players but have underachieved in League Two leading to new boss Dino Maamria taking charge of the 16th placed side.

However, after a resounding 4-1 victory over near neighbours Barnet on Easter Monday, the club are looking to build on the enthusiasm of the new boss by regrouping with a view a promotion push from the Lamex outfit next season.

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