Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a January move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann.
The 21-year-old, who can also operate as a supporting striker, notched up six goals and seven assists from 27 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, attracting interest from a host of European clubs.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen on adding a young attacking midfielder to the squad when the transfer window opens, with long-time target and Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian still understood to be leading the manager's list of targets. However, after failing in their attempts to snap up the Brazilian in the summer, the club is also looking at alternate options and, according to the Sun, Herrmann has now emerged as a top contender.
The report also claims that the north London side faces stiff competition from Italian giants Inter Milan, who are ready to battle it out for the services of the Germany U-21 international, valued at around £7.5m.
Dempsey Targets Special Season
Spurs forward Clint Dempsey is confident that the club can achieve something special this season if they continue their current run of form. Tottenham currently sit fifth in the Premier League table after four successive wins, including a historic 3-2 triumph against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.
"It's been good, we're happy with the results we've been getting and the run of form that we're on, although we're still trying to put together two strong halves. The fans are used to seeing good football and seeing the positive results, and it's our job to give that to them because we have the quality to do it. I think we're showing that and we are getting results, but we've got to keep it going," Goal.com quoted Dempsey as saying.
"It's not just about a few games, it's about a whole season being consistent and that's what we're working on. We're in fifth place right now, trying to get more points, and trying to finish as high as possible. We're in a good position and if we get the right type of results we can find ourselves going even higher than that. We'll have to see as the season goes on what level we are really at, but I think we have the quality to do something special," the American pointed out.
Spurs welcome London rivals and league leaders Chelsea to White Hart Lane, after the international break.