The Sun reported that the German Under-21 international was a target for both clubs after a superb breakthrough season in the Bundesliga, helping Christian Streich’s newly promoted side qualify for the Europa League and scoring nine times in all competitions.
The report added that Spurs valued Philipp at around £10 million – allowing Dortmund to eventually blow them out of the water by signing the young forward for £17.5 million (Goal). And Philipp is already looking an inspired investment for a club who have a habit of discovering the stars of tomorrow.
"Just wow! He has adapted to a new club at such speed,” Dortmund legend and 1996 Ballon D’Or winner Matthias Sammer told Eurosport of the 23-year-old.
“He plays very, very creatively. He is intelligent and cautious. He is also very easy on his feet.
"This all works very nicely, it is wonderful to look at. But what I have noticed for some time is that he is very disciplined, is integrated into the system.”
In truth, Philipp is already staking a claim to be the Bundesliga’s most inspired signing of 2017/18 – although his fellow Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko may have something to say about that. Philipp opened his account with two coolly taken goals in the 5-0 thrashing of Cologne recently before adding another stunning brace in Saturday’s 6-1 thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach.
His first was a gorgeous flicked volley, all subtle and style, and the second a hammer of a strike from the edge of the box. It’s a credit to the former Freiburg favourite’s rapid adaptation that the talismanic Marco Reus, who is out until the New Year, has not been missed as Peter Bosz’s side race to the top of the Bundesliga.
If only Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had put his hand a little deeper into his pocket.