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Arsenal look set to lose out on Ben Wilmot as Watford beat a host of clubs to the 18-year-old’s signature.
Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad at the weekend as a move was close to being agreed but at that time it was not clear who had won the race for his signature.
On Tuesday, the Sun reported that Watford had agreed a deal in excess of £1.5m.
The Football League paper reported at the weekend that the 18-year-old seems ‘certain’ to move this summer while the Sun claimed both Arsenal and Tottenham have made official approaches for the player in the past only to be rebuffed.
“We have made public our valuation,” said Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace. “The closer we are getting to that the more likely it is that Ben will move.”
That valuation was said to be between £1m (The Independent) and £2m (The Sun), which is exactly what Watford have agreed.
The Hornets originally had a bid of £500,000 turned down while Tottenham are believed to have bid slightly less than that. There is no information regarding any bid from Arsenal at this point, although that’s not to say one wasn’t made.