Teammate of Tottenham winger target: 19-year-old is similar to Gareth Bale
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Thomas Lam has compared in-demand Nottingham Forest sensation Oliver Burke to Gareth Bale.
The Mirror claim that Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Sunderland are all in the running for the 19-year-old, who has caught the spotlight with his recent performances.
It is said that Tottenham have checked him out on several occasions but the competition will be fierce to sign a player rated at £10million.
Burke, already a full Scotland international, scored twice in Forest’s dramatic 4-3 win over Wigan at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, as the club picked up their second win of the season.
“He is a great talent and potentially a great player,” Forest matchwinner Lam said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post. “We know what his strengths are and we see it every week on the pitch.
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“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 29 appearances for the Forest first team, scoring five goals. He has been a stand-out performer in the early stages of this season, playing in all four of their games.
The Mirror’s report claims that Burke could be signed by a Premier League big gun and then loaned back to Forest for the remainder of the Championship season.
“We want to keep him here. He is an important player and we want him to stay, because he is dangerous for us. I just hope that he does stay for a little while yet,” said Lam to the Nottingham Post. “He can improve here; he can build his confidence here. I think he can learn here. It is his choice, of course. If a big club comes in, you think about it.”
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are to imminently revive talks on a £28million deal.