With Real Madrid reportedly interested, Tottenham must act fast to ensure Timo Werner does not pass them by

Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur stands dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on March 2, 2016 in...

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner is one of Europe's most complete goalscorers - no wonder Spurs and Real Madrid want him.

Leipzig's forward Timo Werner reacts after scoring the 2-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich on May 13, 2017 in Leipzig,...

As far back as 2015, The Telegraph reported that Tottenham Hotspur were hoping to open talks with Stuttgart over the signing of an exciting 19-year-old by the name of Timo Werner.

The teenager, a lively winger who became the youngest ever scorer of a brace in Germany’s top flight the season prior, was reportedly valued at £8 million.

Two years on, however, and Werner would cost far more than that now. The 21-year-old swapped relegated Stuttgart for RB Leipzig last summer and has evolved from a quick-footed winger with a penchant for wasting simple chances into one of the most feared and complete centre-forwards in the European game.

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He netted six times in 33 games for Stuttgart in 2015/16 but upped his tally to 21 in 31 as Leipzig finished runners-up behind Bayern Munich last season. No other German player scored as many goals in the Bundesliga.

Therefore, it came as no surprise when The Telegraph reported in August that Spurs have continued to track the progress of a player who looks every inch Germany’s next great number nine.

The problem, however, is that they are no alone. According to The Sun, Real Madrid believe Werner will be a bonafide superstar in the near future and have joined the chase after Werner won the Golden Boot in Germany’s victorious Confederations Cup campaign earlier this year.

Germany's forward Timo Werner celebrates after scoring the 0-1 during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, on...

Needless to say, Real can beat Tottenham in terms of both pulling power and funds – not to mention the ability to offer far higher wages than the ones on offer under Daniel Levy’s contentious wage structure.

However, while Real's interest mean Spurs may be worried that they have missed the boat, it is interesting to note that Werner namecheked the London club when discussing possible future destinations.

“Of course I want to play at a big club. But, we have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too - I'm quite sure,” Werner told Sport Bild. “In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid.

“In England there are a few more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.”

Spurs, then, should not give in just yet.

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