Tottenham Suffer Blow In Bid To Lure £17m Croatian Attacking Starlet To White Hart Lane In January

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Player’s club are keen to do business with their Premier League counterparts in the new year as youngster’s contract expires next summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing up-and-coming Dinamo Zagreb star Alen Halilovic have hit a stumbling block, according to reports in the Daily Express.

The north London club have been linked with a move for the Croatia international for over a year now, with Tottenham even failing with a bid valued at £10 million for Halilovic during the recent summer transfer window.

However, it is now understood that Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas is preparing a new improved offer for the 17-year-old worth £17m, which will be enough to trigger the release clause in the midfield player’s current contract in Zagreb, worth an estimated £13m.

But the one snag to a successful deal taking place though is Halilovic’s father, Sejad, who works as a coach with the Croatian giants and is said to be insistent that his son is given regular game time were he to make the move to White Hart Lane when the winter transfer window finally opens again for business for the year in January.

Consequently, Halilovic Snr is believed to be demanding that a clause is written in to any potential contract between the two clubs clearly stating that the playmaker is given a certain number of minutes in the first team, something Spurs are thought reluctant to guarantee.

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