By Joe Ellis

9th May, 2022 | 5:10pm

Tottenham and West Ham in pursuit of Fulham winger Oliver O'Neill - report

Fulham face a battle to keep hold of promising winger Oliver O’Neill with both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in the race to sign him this summer.

According to The Athletic, the 19-year-old is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Craven Cottage despite the club opening talks with him and his agent.

The Premier League interest in him might be a reason why he is yet to sign on the dotted line but he needs to before the end of June as his Fulham deal ends at the conclusion of this season.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international made the bench for the Cottagers’ Carabao Cup tie against Leeds United earlier this season for his only senior squad involvement.

A number of EFL clubs have reportedly enquired about taking O’Neill on loan next season but with his Fulham future still up in the air, there won’t be any agreements there any time soon.

Stay put

The flashy new stadiums of both Tottenham and West Ham might be all flashy to someone at first glance and the wage hike he would no doubt receive will make that even shinier.

But if O’Neill really wants the best chance of becoming a Premier League player, then he has to stay with Fulham for a bit longer and trust the process on the bank of the River Thames.

The Cottagers have one of the very best track records in recent years of bringing through young talent and letting them flourish on the big stage and he could be the next off the production line.

Harvey Elliott and Ryan Sessegnon are the best examples and they have both earned big moves elsewhere after impressing in white and black.

With the latter already at Tottenham, Antonio Conte might be asking his player to give his old club a nudge but O’Neill needs to stay and play for Fulham before he can say he’s earned the big move elsewhere.

In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris’ long term replacement at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium might already be in the club’s ranks.