Oliver Burke: Premier League interest is ‘great to hear’

Date published: Wednesday 25th January 2017 10:10

RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke has refused to rule out a shock return to England this transfer window, putting Premier League clubs on high alert.

The former Nottingham Forest man joined the German side for £13million this summer but has only made one start for the club this season.

The 19-year-old’s representatives are said to have put out the word that their client would be open for a move, and Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce and Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka are keen to see if a deal could be struck. Both Bournemouth and Premier League champions Leicester City are also keeping a keen eye on the on-going situation.

During his time in Germany, the youngster has struggled to make an impact, appearing in just 14 games and scoring his only goal against FC Köln in a 1-1 draw, becoming the first Scotsman to score in Germany’s top division in nearly 17 years.

While the youngster is open to staying at Leipzig, he has refused to rule out a possible move back to England.

“I’ve not read too much into [the transfer speculation],” he told talkSPORT.

“I’m settling in here at the moment. But it is really great to hear of interest from English clubs and that they are still thinking about me.

“I’m still at RP Leipzig and I’m learning very much and I have to push for my spot here. Who knows what will happen. We will just have to see what happens in the coming weeks.”

The youngster is highly rated in the footballing world and it will take a fee similar to the £13million Leipzig spent to bring him back to England.

However, the money will be a wise investment if a Premier League club could strike a deal, with the player tipped to exceed the talents of Kenny Dalglish by the man who spotted the youngster at just nine years of age.

Former Navy intelligence specialist Mick Elliott was responsible for scouting Burke and insists: “Of course he will be as big as Kenny Dalglish. And Kenny was my hero, so it shows you what I think of Ollie.

“And yes, he can be Scotland’s answer to Gareth Bale, if you want a modern comparison. Scotland, over the years, have had some amazing players. You go back to Denis Law, Jim Baxter, Dave Mackay, phenomenal footballers.

“Ollie can be one of them, without a doubt. There aren’t many players who have his potential. And he’s been given the opportunity to realise it.”

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