Tottenham made a £1m bid for Jude Bellingham last year
As revealed by The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign teenage sensation Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City, but saw their paltry £1m offer rejected. Now, the midfielder has become the most expensive 17-year-old, joining Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of £25m.
The 17-year-old Bellingham came through the youth ranks at Birmingham and made his breakthrough into the senior team in the 2019/20 campaign, despite being just 16 years of age.
He went on to feature 43 times over the course of the season, contributing with four goals and three assists.
A number of clubs in England and Europe had been vying for his signature. Manchester United had been the club that was most heavily linked with Bellingham in England. However, he decided to snub the Red Devils in order to join Borussia Dortmund as the chances of first-team minutes would be better there. (h/t Sky Sports)
Things though, could have been very different for the teenage prodigy. Tottenham were among the clubs that have been monitoring him for quite some time now. And as per the report, our club even made an attempt to sign Bellingham last year itself. However, we submitted an offer of just £1m, which Birmingham City did not entertain at all and dismissed it immediately.
It goes without saying that it would have been quite the coup had we been able to sign the 17-year-old back then. But one can understand the low bid made by the club, given that Bellingham was very much an unproven talent at the time.
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Nevertheless, he becomes the latest youngster to make the switch from England to Germany in search of regular first-team football, following the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jonjoe Kenny and Ademola Lookman, among others.