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Report: Tottenham target refuses to rule out move from Bundesliga, has £8.4m release clause

By Will Butcher

Mainz star Yunus Malli has refused to rule out a move away from the Bundesliga this summer, as interest hots up in the Turkey international.

The former Borussia Mönchengladbach player has just two years left on his current deal and could be tempted by a move to the Premier League with Tottenham.

German newspaper Bild reported that Malli has an £8.4million release clause in his contract.

Now, German sports magazine Kicker have reported that he is unwilling to commit his loyalty to Die Nullfünfer, after speaking with the Mainz number 10.

When asked about his future, the former Gladbach playmaker told Kicker: “I can not say right now. I just can not rule anything out.”

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Talking about Borussia Dortmund’s interest in January, said: “I would have liked to gone to Dortmund, had Mainz accepted Dortmund’s bid.”

Malli is a long-term target of Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino and he was even a guest at White Hart Lane last season.

The versatile midfielder, who played for all of Germany’s youth teams before opting to represent Turkey at senior level, has scored 24 goals and provided 15 assists in 122 appearances for Bundesliga outfit Mainz.

Argentinian manager Pochettino will have to move quickly if he is to sign Malli, with Kicker reporting that there is also interest from Spain. Turkish outlet Miliyet have also reported that Galatasaray are considering making a move for him if Wesley Sneijder is sold this summer.

Malli was in lethal form last season as his side finished above expectations in sixth position, scoring 11 goals from midfield and making another five.

In other Tottenham news, this Spurs star has been shortlisted for a prestigious UEFA award.