German wonderkid Manchester United target set to sign new deal till 2018

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Chelsea have also expressed an interest in Hamburg SV defender Jonathan Tah - but he is set to stay in Germany.

It was about a year ago that we first reported on the name Jonathan Tah, as I struggled to bring you a five facts piece on the player who was being linked with Manchester United. It was a difficult chore, that took me through all manner of different websites and exhausted my Google translate and GCSE German to its absolute limits.

Nowadays, finding information on the player is much easier - as he has established himself as a permanent member of Bert van Marwijk’s Hamburg SV team.

The giant German under-17 international made his debut in August this year and has now played eight Bundesliga games for HSV this campaign.

He is also an absolute steal on FIFA 14, for those that are that way inclined, take my top tip I implore you.

But he is also a steal in reality, something the Bundesliga club know.

Manchester United have been monitoring him for a year now, while Chelsea joined the race in January.

Tah signed a mini-extension to his deal in February, as he turned 17, but the Premier League sides would still have felt confident of procuring the player from Hamburg, as they struggled in the Bundesliga and off the pitch financially.

But they have steadied the ship recently, with the former Netherlands coach leading them out of the relegation zone, and new sporting director Oliver Kreuzer doing much behind the scenes to balance the finances and secure the long-term success of the team.

Signing Tah to a new deal was one such pressing issue.

And it appears they have done just that according to reports in Germany - which claim that Tah has signed a €5 million five-year deal at the club, keeping him at the Imtech Arena until 2018.

Kreuzer stated:

"The talks are very, very far. I think we unveil the extension later this year."

So there is some hope, as it seems a deal is not yet done - and it is also believed that Tah will have a release clause in any deal.

But for the immediate future, it seems Tah will remain in Germany.

image: © Nick Sarebi

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