Spurs chasing Croatian duo as Villa-Boas closes on deals for Villa and Yilmaz

Tottenham Hotspurs are reportedly closing in on a double deal for Dinamo Zagreb’s Alen Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj.

The 17 year olds are amongst the most highly rated youngster in European Football and are currently on the books of Dinamo Zagreb.

According to press reports in Croatia should Spurs complete a deal for the pair then they would allow them to continue their development in their homeland on loan with the Croatian Champions.

Halilovic is an attacking midfielder and currently the youngest player to play and score in Croatia’s top division. The 5ft 7” player also has Champions League experience and recently made his full international debut in a game against Portugal.

Dinamo’s club’s sporting director Zoran Mamic rates the player highly and maintains that he could surpass the talent of former spurs favourite Luka Modric:

“A lot of people have compared him to Luka Modric, but he’s better than Luka was at this age.

“Everyone at the club thinks he has even more potential and that he will become one of the best players in the world.”

Jedvaj meanwhile is a highly rated centre back and like Halilovic was recently called to train with the full Croatian squad although he did not feature.

A host of Europe’s top clubs are interested in the players with Real Madrid and Arsenal keen on Halilovic while Roma recently failed with a £5million offer for Jedvaj.

However Spurs are hoping to steal a march on them and are looking to tie up a deal for the pair with a combined fee that could reach £15million including a host of performance-related clauses. The deal would mean that the youngsters would move to White Hart Lane when they turn 18.

The youngster’s could be joined at White Hart Lane by Burak Yilmaz and David Villa.

Reports from Turkey suggest that Andrea Villas-Boas is looking to tie up a £17 deal for 27 year old Yilmaz. The Galatasaray forward scored 24 goals in 30 league games last season as well as finishing the group stages of the Champions League as joint top scorer with 6 goals.

Villa meanwhile is been linked with a move away from Barcelona with Arsenal and Liverpool keen on the Spanish star however it would appear that Spurs have stolen a march on both clubs with reports from Spain saying that the 31 year old is keen on a move to White Hart Lane.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.