Tottenham are set to battle Premier League rivals Liverpool for the signature of Werder Bremen’s 17-year-old sensation David Philipp, according to the Sky transfer blog (Germany, 10.21am).
The attacking midfielder has come up through the youth ranks at Werder Bremen and has played for the Germany Under-15 team, and has won plaudits for his displays.
That’s alerted the Premier League giants who have reportedly both made enquiries about the player.
Werder Bremen academy director Bjorn Schierenbeck didn’t rule out a move but also added that the club would be keen to retain Phlipp’s services.
He said, as quoted in the Sun: “I wouldn’t want to rule out the interest in David from the English clubs.
“But I don’t know exactly how firm it is. We would be very eager to continue working together with David.
“We have already held talks with him, and explained what his future career with Werder can look like.”
A good move for Tottenham?
Mauricio Pochettino is building a long-term project at Spurs.
The short-term blocks are already in place and the club already has some fantastic youth players coming through.
Philipp would surely jump at the chance to be a part of the Tottenham dream under Pochettino.
The same goes for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp a respected manager, but they’re having problems at the moment. Spurs would offer a very good home for the young talent.
This Is Futbol rating: 8/10
Likely to happen?
If Tottenham firm up their interest, after reportedly making an enquiry already, this one could have legs.
The academy director at Bremen said he doesn’t know how firm the interest is, but wouldn’t rule a move out.
Philipp, on the verge of the German Under-19 team, is exactly the sort of player that Poch likes and he’d slot straight in with the other promising Tottenham youth players.
His contract is up at the end of the season and that could signal the end of his time with Bremen.
This Is Futbol rating: 7/10