The Telegraph have claimed that Tottenham had a £1million bid rejected for new Borussia Dortmund signing Jude Bellingham last summer – after the midfielder completed a £30million move to the German side on Monday.
Bellingham, who only turned 17 last month, has already clocked up an impressive 43 senior appearances for Birmingham City. That alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs – with Dortmund striking early.
The England Under-17 international – who scored four goals this season including one against Championship title winners Leeds United – has penned a five-year deal and has become the most-expensive 17-year-old in history.
However, it could have been very different. The Telegraph report claims that last summer, before Bellingham made his Birmingham debut, Spurs tabled a £1million offer but saw the bid rejected.
He's Black and Yellow! ?? pic.twitter.com/xqhLe8fq8h
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 20, 2020
TBR’s view – Another blot on Levy’s copy book
Yes, Bellingham was much more of an unknown before the 2019-20 campaign started and it is always difficult to predict if a player of just 16 years of age will come good – but Bellingham clearly showed enough.
Spurs will be kicking their teeth that tight-fisted Daniel Levy did not offer more than the measly £1million for Bellingham just 12 months ago. Now, he is hoping to become the next Jadon Sancho.