Tottenham target Timo Werner makes Manchester United admission; is he still a possibility for Pochettino?

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur at John Smith's Stadium on...

Would RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner choose Manchester United over Tottenham Hotspur?

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,...

If Tottenham Hotspur wanted to sign Timo Werner in the near future, the last thing they wanted to hear was the prolific RB Leipzig striker admitting that he is a fan of a Premier League rival.

The Telegraph reported last month that Werner has been tracked by Spurs since 2014 with the 21-year-old going from strength to strength in the Bundesliga.

In just over a year-and-a-half, he’s gone from a talented yet erratic winger who was relegated with Stuttgart to one of Europe’s most feared centre-forwards and arguably the next great Germany number nine.

Timo Werner of Germany and Gary Medel of Chile battle for possession during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 2,...

No wonder Spurs fans were excited, then, that Werner namechecked the North London giants when admitting to SportBild in September that he harbours ambitions of playing for a European giant one day.

There’s one club in England that Werner would jump at the chance of playing for, however. And it’s not Tottenham.

"As a small boy, you always dream of the huge clubs,” Werner, Golden Boot winner in Germany’s victorious Confederations Cup campaign in the summer, told Sky Sports. "In earlier days, it was Manchester United.

"Under Sir Alex Ferguson, they always had great players, they always won. As a small boy, you always prefer the teams which are winning.”

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...

Scoring 26 Bundesliga goals in 31 games for Leipzig, there are few clubs in world football who would struggle to find room for the rampant Werner in their frontline.

And if United join Spurs in the race, Mauricio Pochettino’s side would have a challenge on their hands luring Werner to North London.

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