Tottenham are set to hold contract talks with youngster Matthew Etherington later this month.
Etherington (right) is under contract until 2004
The 21-year-old midfielder's contract runs out at the end of next season.
His representative Paul Martin last week expressed his surprise at Spurs' reluctance to open discussions on a new deal amid possible interest from rival Premiership clubs.
But White Hart Lane director of football David Pleat plans to host a face-to-face meeting with Martin in the coming weeks.
"It's been a great season for Matthew, in which he's broken into the first-team picture at Spurs," said Martin.
"His priority has always been to achieve first-team football and hopefully that will continue at Spurs."
The England Under-21 international signed from Peterborough for £500,000 in January 2000.
He has finally established himself in Glenn Hoddle's first team this season, making 15 league appearances despite a lay-off with an ankle injury.
He had played only 22 top-flight games in his previous two-and-a-half years in north London.