Tottenham in talks over loan exits for Skipp and Parrott

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur motivates Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England.

Fulham are leading the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp on a season-long loan – but a deal may hinge on whether they are promoted.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has reluctantly agreed to let Skipp leave on loan and the 19-year-old is also attracting interest from Premier League duo Southampton and Burnley, as well as Reading and Nottingham Forest.

Fulham boss Scott Parker knows Skipp from his time as a youth coach at Spurs and the Cottagers are currently frontrunners, although the move is less likely if they win the play-offs.

Skipp, who signed a new four-year Spurs contract last week, wants to play regular first-team football at holding midfield and knows he is more likely to do so at a leading Championship club than in the top flight.

The England Under-21 international, who has played just 105 minutes this season, has been encouraged by the success of Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, who spent a season on loan in the second tier before becoming Premier League and England regulars this term.

Fulham lead Cardiff 2-0 in the play-off semi-final ahead of Thursday's second leg at Craven Cottage, with Brentford or Swansea awaiting the winners at Wembley.

Mourinho is hugely impressed by Skipp and last week said he has the "character and personality" to be a future Spurs captain.

"He is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham," Mourinho said. "I never told him I want him to go on loan, I always told him I wanted him to stay here, because that's the selfish perspective of a coach who wants the best possible squad. [But] in his mind he wants to go on loan."

Young Spurs forward Troy Parrott is also set to spend next season on loan, with Millwall leading a host of clubs interested in the Republic of Ireland international.

Parrott has been given a glowing reference from compatriot Jason Molumby, who spent last season on loan at the Den, and Spurs would prefer the 18-year-old to remain in the capital.

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