However, the 22 year-old Scot insists he’s in no rush to leave HSV and Germany.
Arsenal, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and Watford have all been scouting the centre-half this season.
And Bates told the Hamburger Morgenpost: “Everyone in the world is watching the Premier League.
“It’s one of the best leagues in the world, probably the best. But why should I think about it now? I’m happy here.”