By Guy Giles
Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race for Hamburg’s 17-year-old goal machine Jann-Fiete Arp, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs have sent scouts to keep tabs on Arp’s progress as he establishes himself in the Bundesliga, with the teenager having scored twice in three senior appearances so far.
The teenager burst onto the scene with his heroics for Germany’s U17 team, scoring seven goals in their Euros campaign, and five in the recent World Cup.
Spurs have joined Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for Arp, with Italian champions Juventus also showing interest.
Arp become Hamburg’s youngest-ever scorer when he bagged a consolation goal against Hertha Berlin on October 28, and helped his side to a valuable win over Stuttgart last time out with another goal.
Arp has reportedly named Spurs striker Harry Kane as his role model, and his playing style has similarities with the England star.
Football Insider verdict:
Arp has certainly caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs with his recent form for club and country, but a move to work with Mauricio Pochettino and role model Harry Kane could be a tempting one for the German wonderkid. Pochettino’s knack of transforming young talents into fully-fledged Premier League stars – as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Winks demonstrate – could mean that a move to North London is a profitable one for both parties. However, with Arp currently playing first-team football in Germany, and no promise of such anywhere else, a move away may be off the cards until the teenager has shown enough to warrant those promises.
In other Tottenham Hotspur transfer news, Spurs have been given a price for this 26-year-old goal machine.