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Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Augsburg midfielder Maximilian Philipp, but will face tough European competition to secure the 23-year-old’s signature, according to German news outlet Kicker.

The versatile attacker featured regularly for the Bundesliga outfit throughout the recently-finished term, making 23 Bundesliga starts and scoring nine goals.

Spurs, as well as others including fellow Champions League qualifiers Red Bull Leipzig, have been monitoring the former Bayern Munich academy prospect for some time.

However, following the long-term injury to Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, the North London side will now face an even greater battle to lure the 2016 Olympian to the Premier League as BVB look to find a replacement.

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The utilitarian would provide Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino greater depth within the squad – something that was at times missing during the 2016-17 season.

Spurs are keen to recruit players to help them fight on two fronts next season, with winning major silverware the goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

It remains to be seen where the 23-year-old German would fit in at the Premier League club, but he would certainly add an extra exciting option across the forward line.

Philipp is currently tied to the Augsburg Arena until 2019; the report suggests that Augsburg would need a fee of €20 million (£17.4 million) to part company with him.