Herrmann - van der Vaart

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann admitted he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur but has dismissed speculation he could leave Die Fohlen in the January transfer window.

The 21 year old, who can also operate as a winger or supporting striker, notched six goals and seven assists from 27 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, attracting interest from a host of European clubs and there were reports Spurs were preparing a £7.5m offer for the Germany U21 international.

Herrmann, who has two years remaining on his contract with the German club, stated he was aware of the interest in him but played down the idea of moving away from Monchengladbach any time soon.

"I have heard about that. I read papers. Of course, those sums are somewhat flattering. You don't have to overrate it. My agents did not tell me anything about it. I am happy about the praise. But why should I leave now? I feel great here. And the last season was great fun, we played beautiful football. We want to return to that now and are on the right path," ESPN quoted the German as saying.

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 it is understood Herrmann has emerged as a top contender.

Dempsey Wants Chelsea Win

Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey insists Spurs are keen to extend their domestic winning streak when they welcome league leaders Chelsea to White Hart Lane at the weekend.

"It is going to be an important game because the table is so tight. You have to take care of your home games and try and get as many results as you can. We want to continue this run of positive results, so we know it is going to be a tough test but we are all excited, and we have everyone back from fitness now and we are looking to make the most of this game," Sky Sports quoted the American.

Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas will come up against the Blues for the first time in this London derby since being sacked late last season. The Portuguese tactician was shown the door at Stamford Bridge earlier this year after just nine months in charge. Spurs, who finished fourth last season, lost their Champions League spot to sixth-placed Chelsea after Roberto Di Matteo's side won the competition.