Former Ukranian national team boss Myron Markevych has claimed that a move to Tottenham Hotspur is a step too soon for central defender Illya Zabarnyi.

Alasdair Gold claimed earlier this summer on his YouTube channel that Tottenham have been monitoring the Dynamo Kyiv stopper, who already has 22 international caps to his name.

Markevych believes that no player within the current Dynamo squad are capable of moving to one of Europe’s top leagues and instead a switch to a less demanding division such as Belgium is a more realistic target.

Ukrainian news outlet Football24 reported the 19-year-old had received an offer from an un-named English club before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

“Who is Zabarnyi? What English clubs? They will not even notice him there,”  Markevych told Sport UA.

“Dynamo currently does not have a single football player (who could move to) a serious league. Maybe the Belgian league.”

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While Chelsea appear to be spending big on established names to bolster their backline, Tottenham continue to look towards youth for the future.  Clement Lenglet is only in north London for the remainder of the season and there is still a need long-term for a top class left-sided central defender.

Josko Gvardial is one who has been linked with Spurs for a number of months, but once again, Chelsea are showing Spurs up with their financial might to lead the race for the Croatian (Guardian).