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Perry: Thatcher gets my vote

English Barclays Premiership

Chris Perry is confident Ben Thatcher would be a big hit at White Hart Lane. And our central defender knows the 24-year-old left-back better than most, having spent three seasons alongside him in Wimbledon's defence before making a big-money move to N17 last summer.

Director of football David Pleat confirmed weekend reports of the club's interest in Thatcher, admitting: "It has been well documented that Spurs have an interest in Ben Thatcher. That is not denied."

Perry cast few doubts as to the validity of a move for his former team-mate. "Ben is a fantastic player. I got to know him after playing with him at Wimbledon and he is a great athlete with a fantastic left foot," said Perry. "He is very under-rated. In my opinion, he is the best left-back in the country."

Thatcher, 24, was tipped to be named in Kevin Keegan's England squad at the turn of the year but was left out following a well-documented elbowing incident involving Sunderland's Nicky Summerbee.

He then spent a frustrating three months on the sidelines through injury as Wimbledon slipped out of the Premiership.

"There was a lot of talk of him being called up to the England squad and he might have made it had he not done something he deeply regrets," added Perry. "He had a lot of bad publicity over that incident. England certainly missed a left-back at Euro2000 and I am sure Ben could step into that gap."

Weekend reports also suggested that Thatcher was a target of Liverpool. He has one year of his current contract remaining at Wimbledon.

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.