USA wonderkid Julian Green has emerged as a surprise target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The 19-year-old Bayern Munich winger, thought to be valued at around the £8 million-mark, has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by since signing his first professional contract in November 2013.
And, despite recently announcing that he would like to stay and fight for his place at the German Champions, the promise of regular first team football and the exposure of the English Premier League may well be too tempting a prospect for the young American star.
Who is he?
Renowned for his pace and trickery, Green's stock in world football has risen significantly since his fairy tale debut for the USA in the World Cup round-of-16 tie against Belgium.
Coming on in extra time, Green made an instant impact by stupendously volleying home an inviting Michael Bradley through ball.
Yet, for the football anoraks among us, Green's impact at the World Cup was of little surprise. In the 2013-2014 season alone, Green managed an impressive 15 goals in 23 games for the Bayern Munich II side despite his tender years.
Moreover, when tested in the first team, Green answered with goals galore. In Pep Guardiola's first pre-season, Green hit home seven goals for the Bavarian club.
Watch: Julian Green scout report
Do Spurs need him?
Signing Green would suggest that Spurs are losing patience with their current crop of wingers. After all, it seems unlikely that Green would leave the tutorship of Guardiola without a guarantee of much needed first team action
Thus, the acquisition could mean the end for either Aaron Lennon or Andros Townsend. Both players have found form hard to come by in recent months and Pochettino may be looking to freshen up his options.
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