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Lompoc native Julian Araujo reportedly targeted by English club Tottenham

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An English newspaper reported Sunday that Lompoc native Julian Araujo, who's spent the last two seasons with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, is being targeted by English Premier League club Tottenham.

The Sunday Mirror reported that Tottenham had advanced in its discussions with the former Brave.

The 19-year-old spent two seasons at Lompoc High before leaving the school to carve out a professional soccer career. Araujo attended the Barca Academy, a soccer school in Arizona, before his junior year of high school.

He then signed with the LA Galaxy in 2019 as a 17-year-old. He's spent the last two seasons with the Galaxy at right back. Last month, he made his U.S. men's national team debut in a friendly against El Salvador.

On Saturday, it was reported that Araujo left the U.S. under-23 training camp in Florida.

Philadelphia goalkeeper Matt Freese and D.C. United defender Donovan Pines were added to the under-23 roster for this month's training camp in Bradenton, Florida, in place of Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa and Araujo, the Associated Press reported

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U.S. defender Julian Araujo, a native of Lompoc, attempts to steal the ball from El Salvador defender Andres Flores (14) during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Dec. 9.

Araujo was slated as ill, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Saturday.

The under-23 team is training under coach Jason Kreis alongside the national team through Jan. 24, and several under-23 players will be added to the national team roster ahead of a contemplated exhibition against Serbia in late January at Orlando, Florida.

The Sunday Mirror reported that Tottenham Hotspur is stepping up negotiations as it looks to agree a £5 million deal. In December, Tuttosport, an Italian publication, reported that Juvenus, a Serie A club, was interested in Araujo.

The move may come during the summer transfer window. Araujo may stay with the Galaxy even if a deal is struck due to the current labor climate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tottenham have depth at the right back position with Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier.

After this MLS season wrapped up, Araujo was voted the Galaxy's 'Humanitarian of the Year' for his work supporting farmworkers in Lompoc and working with the United Farmworkers Foundation this season. He was also chosen as the club's 'Defender of the Year.'

Araujo started all 17 games he played for the Galaxy this year and scored his first professional goal. He also had three assists as he piled up 1,298 minutes on the pitch. Araujo is a quick and aggressive defender that was also used as a pushing winger for the Galaxy this year. He was in the top five in all of MLS with eight total cards, six yellow and two red.

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