Mainz 05 wonderkid Erkan Eyibil has attracted interest from a growing number of clubs across Europe a source close to the player revealed to Turkish-Football.
West Ham and Newcastle United are among the sides that have been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old.
The attacking midfielder has been scouted by several European sides after rapidly rising through the ranks at Mainz and the Germany national team setup.
He has just one-year remaining on his current contract and has yet to commit to a new deal.
Eyibil was called up to the Germany U18 team for the first time last week ahead of an international friendly doubleheader against France on 22 and 25 March.
It is way too early to predict whether Eyibl will be able to have a career comparable to that of his illustrious compatriot.
What is clear is that the Mainz senior team could benefit from his talent. Many new online bookmakers give Mainz as a likely candidate for relegation this season.
Most of the new betting sites in the UK (like these) as well as worldwide do not seem to believe that Mainz has many chances to survive the current season.
While Eyibl continues in his moment of spectacular form for the U-19 youth team, the senior team is stuck at the last place of the Bundesliga table and has still to tally this season’s first win.
In short, betting that Mainz will still be in the Bundesliga I next season does not seem, at least for the moment, a wise choice. We will see how the year ends.
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The left-footed playmaker has had his playing style likened to Mesut Ozil and like the Arsenal star he is also an ethnic Turk born in Germany.
The youngster has in fact been nicknamed the ‘New Mesut Ozil’ by the Turkish media.
He is eligible to represent both Germany and Turkey at senior international level as a result.
Eyibil is rated as one of the hottest young properties at youth level in Germany and has been knocking on the door for promotion to the senior side.
The rising star has been in impressive form for the Mainz U19 side this season and scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 victory away to FSV Frankfurt U19 over the weekend.
In total Eyibil has 12 goals and five assists in 18 games this term for the German side.