Newcastle United are said to be challenging both Everton and Portsmouth for the signature of a teenager widely tipped to be an England star of the future.
Ben Tozer – Swindon’s 17 year-old left back, in great demand
Swindon left back Ben Tozer has played just one senior game for the League One club but is certainly attracting a host of Premiership scouts to the County Ground. The Sun reports today there is a three way battle building for the 17-year-old, valued at Â£1M.
Ben Tozer was born in March, 1990 in Plymouth and currently plays for Swindon Town. He began his career as a youth player at his local club Plymouth Argyle but former Argyle youth coach David Byrne, persuaded the Tozer family to allow Ben to join him at Swindon. The Devon born defender signed for Swindon just last summer, along with fellow Argyle youngster Ben Joyce.
David Byrne said yesterday:
“There have been enquiries on Ben Tozer from other Premiership clubs.” “I am not going to hide it but I won’t say who the club is or what offers are being banded around.”
“There have no official bids but there have been enquiries. Ben obviously knows about it.” “He has been reading about it in the press and has been up to Everton on trial.”
“You have seen the scouts at the games. They are not only watching Ben Tozer though but I won’t tell you who.” “That won’t affect him. The reason he has these clubs looking at him is because of what he does on the pitch.”
On August 14 Tozer made a surprise full debut for Swindon as a makeshift left-back in the Carling Cup match with Charlton on 14th August. Last month Tozer started a 4 day trial with Everton of the Premier League, returning in time for Swindon’s FA cup game with Forest Green.