By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham were given permission to speak to Oliver Burke before he agreed to join RB Leipzig from Nottingham Forest at the end of August, according to a report.
The Guardian claim in an interview with the attacking midfielder that Spurs and Manchester United were hot on the trail of the most expensive player in Scottish history.
It is said that Leipzig had met the £13million asking price but Tottenham also had permission to speak with Burke and Manchester United were among others paying close attention.
But the 19-year-old was persuaded by Ralph Hasenhüttl, the Leipzig manager, and their sporting director Ralf Rangnick that his career path was best served by swapping the Championship for the Bundesliga.
Burke revealed why he chose a seven-year-old club in a provincial German city ahead of significant offers from the Premier League.
“There wasn’t enough depth from the other clubs in terms of how much they wanted me and whether I was going to play,” Burke told the Guardian, comparing the packages set out by his Premier League suitors with the precision of the information he was given about his role within the Leipzig team and the facets of his game that needed improvement. “[The Leipzig vision] was everything I’ve been looking for … I looked at it and smiled.
““I couldn’t be happier at this moment and don’t regret anything at all. I don’t regret not going to the Premier League.
“I believe I’m at the top here, the top league in the world. Why wouldn’t you say this is the Premier League of Germany – if not better?”
Burke has settled in well at Leipzig, setting up the winner on his Bundesliga debut and two weeks later scored against Cologne.
This came after he began the season on fire at Forest, where he scored four goals in the first five league games of the season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Spurs midfielder has been demoted after Mauricio Pochettino talks.