Tottenham join Chelsea, Woolwich and Juventus in watching Hamburg teen striker sensation Jann-Fiete Arp
Tottenham have joined the growing number of clubs to have checked on Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp.
The teenager, who has been prolific for Germany Under 17s - he scored seven goals in the European Championships and five in the World Cup - has broken into Hamburg's first team and scored twice in three appearances.
Juventus, Chelsea and Woolwich have already had scouts watch him this season and Tottenham have taken notice of the 17-year-old's progress too.
Arp scored to help Hamburg beat Stuttgart 3-1 last weekend, following on from his consolation strike in their defeat by Hertha Berlin the previous week, which made him the club's youngest ever goalscorer.
'I have a huge chance here and I'm really happy to be an integral part of the Bundesliga squad,' said Arp.
'The hype is honestly a bit scary to me. At the moment, I just want to focus on football.'
Arp has pinpointed Harry Kane as his role model and has similarities in style with the Tottenham and England centre forward.
He is under contract until 2019 but Hamburg, lying just above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga, are braced for clubs taking a keen interest in their latest academy star.
Tottenham have Bundesliga player ‘in view’ and have already initiated contact over transfer
Hamburg are trying to do the right thing over Jann-Fiete Arp. The 18 year old striker is enjoying a breakthrough year at the Bundesliga club, and has been linked to clubs around Europe… with Tottenham repeatedly popping up.
Considering Hamburg have a knack of messing up anything which can be messed up, there’s a determination at the club that this time they’ll get things right. Although it’s accepted Arp won’t be likely to stay long term if he continues his progress, there’s a willingness from HSV to be protected with a better contract.
The Bundesliga club want to give Arp a pay rise and extend his deal until 2023, report SportBild, with the current contract ending in June 2019. That would allow Hamburg to demand a better fee if and when clubs come calling.
SportBild say Tottenham have him ‘in view’, and say the same for Manchester City and Chelsea. In November, the same German magazine said Tottenham are one of a number of clubs to have made some sort of contact over a future signing.
It’s almost certainly best to leave Arp where he is until at least the end of the season, even if HSV manage to get a renewal. There’s every chance the club, second to bottom of the Bundesliga, could be relegated and that would lay the ground for a value Tottenham transfer, potentially even loaning the player back.