By Joe Nelson
Red Bull Leipzig have beaten a host of top European clubs to the signing of Nottingham Forest starlet Oliver Burke.
The 19-year-old Scot signed for Leipzig on a five-year deal, as the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Sunderland and European giants Bayern Munich miss out on the youngster.
Red Bull Leipzig took to Twitter to announce the signing of Burke, and he was pictured holding his new colours.
— RB Leipzig (@DieRotenBullen) August 28, 2016
Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick told the club: “We’re particularly delighted about signing Burke as a number of top clubs were interested in him.”
Despite Bayern Munich’s interest, the club from Saxony have pulled off a real coup in signing one of the most exciting teenagers in the game.
The Mirror had reported that Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Sunderland were all in the running for the 19-year-old, who has caught the spotlight with his recent performances in the Championship.
Burke, already a full Scotland international, has begun the season in sensational style, scoring four goals in Forest’s opening five Championship matches.
Burke’s former Forest team-mate Thomas Lam has compared the teenage sensation to Gareth Bale.
“He is a great talent and potentially a great player,” Lam said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post. “We know what his strengths are and we see it every week on the pitch.
“He is a similar player to Gareth Bale. I do not want to say he is definitely going to be as good as him. But you can see the similarities there.
“He has the potential to be as good as him. He has the same strengths and he is still very young. He is a very important player for us.
“He does scare the life out of opponents. They see how fast he is and they leave space for him. He is an important player and will be a threat for every defender in the Championship.”
In total, Burke has 30 appearances for the Forest first team, scoring six goals. He has been a stand-out performer in the early stages of this season.
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