Tottenham linked with move for Turkish midfielder Kerem Demirbay

The agent of Hamburg midfielder Kerem Demirbay claims that Tottenham are interested in signing him.

According to agent Ersin Akan, Tottenham are interested in signing Hamburg midfielder Kerem Demirbay, as reported by Turkish website Sporx.

Demirbay, 21, was on the books of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke before his 2013 move to their Bundesliga rivals Hamburg, where he is little more than a bit-part player.

The German-born Turkish youth international is currently on loan with second division side Kaiserslautern, and Akan claims that Tottenham - along with other clubs - are monitoring his progress.

"Scouts from Tottenham and Benfica have been keeping tabs on him and have been following his progress in a training camp in Turkey during the winter break," Akan was quoted as saying by Sporx.

"Napoli want to sign a young midfielder next season as do Roma, Kerem does like Italy and his international teammate Salih Uçan has advised him to move to Italy." he added.

The central midfielder has impressed with Kaiserslautern this season, and it seems that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is keeping an eye on his progress.

The Argentine has put his faith in young midfielders already this season, with Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Benjamin Stambouli all featuring this season.

Yet with Etienne Capoue linked with a move to Real Sociedad by Noticias de Gipuzkoa and Inter Milan reportedly interested in Paulinho, according to the Daily Mirror, Pochettino could well be in the market for another midfielder - hence the reported interest in Demirbay.

A summer deal looks more likely than a move this month given that Demirbay is on loan with Kaiserslautern for the duration of the season, but he's a player to keep an eye on in 2015 as Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad at White Hart Lane.

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