One of the transfer window’s biggest shocks saw Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for £13 million.

Burke, a Scottish international, had been tipped as one of the biggest young talents in English football. At just 19, he scored four goals and provided two assists in seven appearances for Nottingham Forest before making a shock move to Germany.

The Express, sourcing German newspaper Bild, suggest Spurs and Arsenal made last-minute attempts to stop Burke joining Leipzig.

The winger, who has been compared to former Tottenham star Gareth Bale, can play on either flank, and has been heralded for his pace and finishing. Comparisons to Bale are understandable when Burke is scoring goals like Forest’s third against Leeds United last weekend.

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Burke’s pace, power and finishing ability are hugely reminiscent of Welshman Bale. Spurs and Arsenal are likely to keep an eye on the youngster’s progress in Germany. If he doesn’t settle, a move back to England could be on the cards, and the North London clubs could be the first to pounce.



  1. Spurs should of signed him, we are in need creative attacking players. Burke is a huge British talent and we should of been able to pay £13 million for him. He will be worth 2 or 3 times that amount in a year or two.

  2. Spurs and Arsenal have missed out on the best British talent in a generation if this story is true. I’ve seen Burke play live on two occasions and his pace, strength and control are amazing. Levy should of signed him and should of seen the business sense in buying him for £13 million now. The best clubs in the world will be after Oliver Burke in a few years and Spurs could of made a huge profit on him had they bought him this transfer window. Leipzig’s gain is Spurs and Arsenal’s huge loss!

  3. So we let Oliver Burke AKA the new Bale slip away from us for £13 million? What is going on at our club? Levy is an idiot, I’d of paid £20 million so that he could join us instead of going to Leipzig, coz this kid is an amazing talent. We made a huge profit in selling Bale after he fully developed at our club, we could of done the same with Burke. Players of his quality and class don’t come around often and we have really missed out big time by not signing him when we had the chance. Watch him leave Leipzig for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Manchester City for a massive amount of money in a few years time. You heard it hear first.

  4. John of forest
    Yes you really missed a trick onOliver Burke great talent 13mill is nothing for what he will be worth , we gave him away , really sorry he has not stayed in the u k , had his head turned to easily.

  5. Everyone saying we let him slip away, does no-one take into account that the player himself may have wanted to just move to a club where he knew he’d get fame time. It doesn’t matter what a club offers if the player doesn’t want to go. I say good luck to him. If he’d of come to spurs he’d of struggled to get the game time he needs to evolve as a player. Trust in Levy.

  6. It’s your misfortune that your boards and chairmen didn’t manage to buy Burke from us. I’ve been to almost every Forest match for the last 20 years as well as many Premier League games and I have never ever seen a player more naturally talented than Burke. We are gutted that he has left,but we knew deep down that a world class talent like Burke would leave us sooner rather than later. 13 million pounds is peanuts for what talent that boy has and you guys will be kicking yourselves for not buying him. I wish him all the best.

  7. Oliver Burke would of cost us 13 mill which is a paltry amount in today’s market. Given that the kid has put in performances that the likes of Eriksen and Lamela would be envious of we have lost out on a real gem! Burke’s performances have been electric and he has tormented defenders and made them look like fools. I think Levy will really live to regret not bidding enough to bring Burke to White Hart Lane.

  8. I’m a gooner and I’d really of liked to see Burke bought by us so it’s not just you Spurs fans who are upset. I really think we should of bought him and even if h didn’t break into our first team straight away, we could of loaned him out for a season after buying him. His performances have been mouth watering and not buying him for the 13 million he was apparently going for is a huge mistake on our part. The likes of Gazza, Bale and young Burke are scarce talents that should be cherished and respected.


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