Tottenham Transfer Rumours: Spurs Reportedly Set to Launch Bid for Julian Green

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2014

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly lining up a £5 million bid for Bayern Munich winger Julian Green, who is yet to be given his chance with the Bundesliga champions, according to Metro.   

Green, a member of the USA’s 2014 World Cup squad, plays for Bayern’s reserve team, but hasn’t made the cut at the highest level for the German giants and is said to be far from reaching that goal.

Despite scoring 15 goals in 23 appearance for Bayern Munich II last season, per Soccerway, breaking into Bayern’s first team ahead of the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery is certainly a step too far.

The youngster is now looking to move elsewhere in Europe to gain more first-team experience to stay in American international plans for the foreseeable future, and Spurs are the side to offer him such an opportunity, according to Metro’s report.

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to have had eyes on Green’s development during his time at Southampton and has now decided to launch a bid for the talented youngster.

Though many Spurs fans won’t have heard of Green, he has won plaudits both in Germany and at home for his dynamic, exciting style of play on the wing and made a Champions League appearance back in November for Bayern.

USA captain Clint Dempsey is one of many stars to have heaped praise on the Florida-born Green, saying that he’s one for the future, per Goal USA, via ESPN FC:

He has good feet, he has good decision-making. I think that by playing with a club like Bayern Munich, you get great coaching, and you can see that he's a kid that has a bright future and we're happy to have him.

While being selected for the USA’s World Cup squad will have raised some eyebrows, the fact that managers like Jurgen Klinsmann and Pochettino have a high opinion of Green speaks volumes.

However, is a £5 million starlet from Bayern the right way to go for Tottenham? Until he develops as a player, it’s hard to see Green having any kind of impact on proceedings at White Hart Lane.

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With the likes of Christian Eriksen, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli more than capable of holding their own in the Premier League on the wing, where exactly will Green fit in?

Pochettino simply has to be given a chance of bringing a team through and developing them into a top-four outfit but, for now, strikers have to be the manager’s priority.

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Spurs would be getting an incredibly talented youngster in Green, sure, but proving oneself in a reserve team and making an impact at the highest level are two very different things.

If Tottenham want to cement themselves among the Premier League elite next season, then intelligent spending is job No. 1. The saving grace for Spurs fans is that they now have a manager that knows exactly what he’s doing in the transfer market.