Report: Spurs' rejected £8.5 million bid for Schalke's Leroy Sane indicates a risky transfer strategy

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The Germany Under-19 international had been targeted to improve Tottenham's attacking options.

Tottenham have today seen a snub in their latest approach for an attacking player, after Schalke rejected the Premier League club's interest in their young star Leroy Sane, according to German media outlet Kicker.

The Londoners had made a bid for €12 million (£8.55 million) for the forward talent according to the report, only for the Bundesliga outfit to turn down the offer, and sign Sane up on an extended contract running until 2019.

The move indicates that Spurs are committed to bringing in not just young players to play a part in their first team, but teenage players, especially as it comes after Tottenham were also heavily linked with a move for Monaco's 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial in June, as reported by the Independent.

Recent reports had identified promising forward Sane as someone Mauricio Pochettino was considering bringing in to improve the attacking area of the pitch, with Spurs already overly reliant on Harry Kane, and with flop strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor struggling for form and uncertain of whether they'll even be at White Hart Lane next season.

Sane has long been thought of as a great talent in Germany, but particularly caught the eye this season when he scored and assisted against Real Madrid in what was his Champions League debut, and he ended the season with 4 goals in 14 games in all competitions.

But with so many young players in the Spurs side, and with 21-year-old Harry Kane the club's first choice striker, would it be a risk to recruit teenagers to bolster the forward line, especially ones that have no experience in the Premier League and limited goals in their own division?

The recruitment process for Spurs has been long defined in recent years, buy promising young talent who will develop into better, higher-valued players, or will have a decent resale value. But even in the Spurs side now there is a sprinkling of experience in goal, in central defence, and within the club's youthful, but relatively experienced first-choice midfield. It is upfront where, if the club sell both Adebayor and Soldado, they may end up relying on Kane as the most experienced forward, with just 45 Premier League appearances.

Having plenty of promising youngsters at the club is a good thing of course, but if Kane were to be injured, it would be a huge risk to rely on someone like Sane to lead the line for weeks or even months.

It may well be best for the club to add another player with a few seasons proven goalscoring experience, as well as the young forward they seem to be set on.

Speaking after Sane extended his contract, Schalke chief executive Horst Heldt was delighted the youngster would be at the Veltins-Arena a little while longer.

"Leroy is an extremely talented football player, who already proved last season how versatile he is in attack," he told the Schalke website.

"Based on his development and enormous potential we are very happy about the fact that Leroy wants to build his future here."

It remains to be seen whether Spurs will try to tempt the Gelsenkirchen club into selling with an improved offer, but they should be mindful that Heldt emphasised that Sane was a player of potential, and Pochettino may benefit from considering a different kind of attacking enforcement.

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