Hamburg’s status as ‘the dinosaur’ of the Bundesliga is over as they suffered their first relegation from the Bundesliga in their history this week. After years of great escapes, HSV finally succumbed, dropping into 2.Bundesliga for the first time. The result is bound to be a raid on the club for some of their better players, as, despite their poor form, the club still have some talented footballers.
One such player is striker Jann-Fiete Arp. The 18-year-old striker is considered one of the best young frontmen in world football. His incredible form with the German under-17 side, with whom he has scored 18 goals in 19 international appearances soon saw him in the Hamburg first-team. It also saw him attract interest from the Premier League, including from Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham are on the hunt for a decent backup option to Harry Kane after both Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen failed to pick up the baton when asked. Considering that the tall and powerful German teenager has been styled as ‘Germany’s answer to Harry Kane’ it is easy to see why Tottenham have been linked.
So relegation will be welcomed by Spurs and any other team interested in signing the teen sensation.
Arp is believed to be wanted by a heap of clubs from around Europe and, as reported by Bild, Bayern Munich are keen on the player.
But Spurs have also been mentioned as interested and Hamburg’s relegation should give them the confidence of securing a deal.
The teenager would relish the opportunity to come and play in the Premier League. Arp was rumoured for a long time to be on the cusp of receiving a new deal at Hamburg, with a relegation clause inserted. But he has not signed any new deal and is now out of contract at the club in a year. With that in mind, the struggling German side will surely have to sell their prized talent this summer.
Tottenham must ensure they are in the reckoning for his signature. Bayern look to be the favourites but if a player tipped to be as damaging in front of goal as Harry Kane is available, Spurs will surely be making a move.