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Borussia Dortmund plot transfer raid on Tottenham to buy Bayern Munich target Troy Parrott


Borussia Dortmund want to get a jump on arch-rivals Bayern Munich in the race to land Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott.

Dortmund have reaped the rewards of the successful signing of £120million-rated England international Jadon Sancho from Manchester City two years ago.

And they are ready to go head-to-head with Bayern, Juventus and Real Madrid in the race to sign Parrott, 17, who Spurs bought as a schoolboy from Irish side Belvedere two years ago.

Parrott who made his only first-team appearance against Colchester United in the Carabao Cup earlier this season won his first Republic of Ireland cap against New Zealand last week.

He has been likened to England captain Harry Kane has been a star for Tottenham in the UEFA Youth League, where he has had scouts flocking to watch him in action.

Parrott, who only signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday earlier this year, is seen as one of the most exciting prospects in European football.

Last season he was on the verge of a Premier League call up under Mauricio Pochettino, who was a big fan of the talented Irishman.

New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho offered Parrott hope he can make his mark this season though as he promised to utilise youth.

“I really like this squad,” Mourinho said. “Of course, I’m not going to say names, I’m not going to tell you individuals because this is completely against my concept of what a team has to be, but I like a lot the ability of the squad.

“There is not one manager in the world who does not like to play young players and help young players to evolve, there is not one.

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“The problem is sometimes you get into clubs and the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, but when you have them, the managers are always happy to develop these players.

“I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talent the first team needs. Of course, I also look forward to work with that profile.”



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