Can Paul-Jose M'Poku make it big in Europe despite Tottenham rejection.
Not every player makes it through the academy systems of Premier League cubs - one such player was Belgian talent Paul-Jose M'Poku. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo the flying winger left Standard Liege to join up with Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 - aged just 16.
He went on to spend three years with Spurs, even leaving Tottenham for a loan spell at Leyton Orient.
But three years ago it was decided he would not go on to play first-team football at White Hart Lane - so Spurs sold him back to Standard for an undisclosed fee.
Since then he has come on leaps and bounds. In 2013-14 he enjoyed his best campaign to date - scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances for the Belgian outfit.
This season has form has continued. He has scored seven goals in 22 games for the club, as well as recently netting for the Belgian under-21 side.
Now the 22-year-old is being linked with plenty of clubs across Europe including Napoli of Serie A.
However the Belgian is reportedly keen on a move to the Bundesliga.
According to Bild the former Tottenham youngster has made that clear this week:
"I think of the big leagues, the Bundesliga would please me best."
Reports suggest that Schalke 04 want to snap him up in the summer but plenty of interest in the player is likely considering that he is available on a free transfer in the summer.
He has certainly come a long way since Tottenham decided he was not ready to make the grade at White Hart Lane.