Lauded by Klopp, could Tottenham face a Liverpool battle for Bittencourt?

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool greets Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a shock move to sign Cologne's Bundesliga ace Leonardo Bittencourt but Liverpool may be keen, too.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

With Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy coming under pressure from some sections of the support for a perceived unwillingness to spend as much money as possible to turn the club from nearly men into genuine challengers, links with a potentially relegated Bundesliga winger will raise eyebrows in North London.

According to Kicker, Spurs are planning a shock summer move for the Cologne forward Leonardo Bittencourt, who will be available for a bargain £7 million if the Billy Goats, who are currently six points adrift of the relegation play-off position with six games to go, drop into the second division.

Cologne's German midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt (L) and Hoffenheim's German midfielder Kevin Vogt vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne vs...

This is one of the most curious transfer rumours so far in 2018. 24-year-old Bittencourt has always been seen as a player with a great deal of potential but so far has come nowhere near fulfilling it.

The speedy wideman has scored just seven goals and assisted a further ten in three Bundesliga seasons for Cologne.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see whether Spurs face competition from another Premier League giant in Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp, after all, knows the former German U21 ace very well having brought him to Dortmund from Energie Cottbus in 2012.

Jurgen Klopp the head coach

Sky, however, reported that Klopp was considering re-signing Bittencourt after Dortmund had sold him to Hannover, the charismatic coach saying; "He definitely is now the starlet we recognised when we signed him for Borussia Dortmund from Energie Cottbus. He is a great talent."

Klopp’s current club Liverpool have even been linked, too, in January 2015, as reported by Bild, albeit when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.

So Mauricio Pochettino should keep a close eye out for Klopp derailing this surprise summer move.

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