By Joe Nelson
Red Bull Leipzig have beaten a host of leading European clubs to the £13million signing of Nottingham Forest sensation Oliver Burke, according to a reliable journalist.
Burke has been in scintillating form for Forest at the start of this season, attracting attention from a host of clubs, including the Premier League big hitters and Bayern Munich.
ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon that emerging Bundesliga outfit Leipzig have won the race to land the 19-year-old winger.
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) August 28, 2016
Despite Bayern’s interest, it appears the club from Saxony could be about to sign 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 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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