According to The Daily Star, Tottenham have joined the race to sign Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham.
The 16-year-old has become a cornerstone of the Championship side this season, making 33 appearances across all competitions for them.
Naturally, that has seen reports linking him with a potential big-money move to Premier League giants Manchester United, but it now appears the Red Devils will face some stiff competition for the teenager’s signature.
The Daily Star claim both Liverpool and Spurs have entered into the conversation regarding Bellingham’s signing, and that with the interest in him hotting up, “he is certain to be off in the summer for £30m plus”.
At just 16, Bellingham has the world at his feet at the moment.
The teenager is enjoying a remarkable amount of game-time at Birmingham, and that significant exposure to first-team football will only stand him in good stead for the future.
Of course for Spurs, they already know first-hand just how much of an impact a player can make even if they are signed from a lower league club. Just look at Dele Alli for example.
The England international arrived from MK Dons, and has become a cornerstone of this Spurs side over the years, scoring an impressive 61 goals and providing a further 53 assists in just 215 games across all competitions.
And according to Bellingham’s teammate at St Andrews, Dan Crowley, there are comparisons to be made between him and Alli.
“I used to play with and against Dele Alli and he reminds me of Dele. He’s smart and the fact he has so much to learn and playing like that it felt just like Dele. Dele progressed in the league and I think Jude can be up there. Dele is quite tall and so is Jude. Dele with the ball at his feet is really good. I’ve not seen a young lad who is so tall and big so good with his feet.”
But with the likes of United and Liverpool interested in signing him however, Daniel Levy will have his work cut out in trying to ensure it is Spurs who end up at the front of the queue. The Red Devils can offer greater finances cause of their status, whilst the Merseyside outfit can offer the lure of playing for the current European champions.
It is exactly why this would be such an ambitious swoop, but if he could somehow manage to pull it off for Spurs, then it really would be a Levy masterstroke.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are scouting this Ligue 1 striker.