Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the chase to sign young Halmstads striker Valmir Berisha after his impressive performances at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Championships earned him comparisons to Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Mirror suggest he would be available for £500,000, a fee some £7.3m less than Ajax paid Malmo for Zlatan back in 2001 but at the present time he’s undoubtedly too raw to bolster a Spurs strikeforce short on cutting edge.
Tottenham are a hefty 4/1 to beat Manchester City at the Etihad in their next Premier League fixture.
Berisha hit seven goals in seven games at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Championships.
Playing at centre-forward the youngster fired Sweden to a third-place finish in the Abu Dhabi tournament.
His goal haul included a hat-trick in the bronze medal match against Argentina and his performances are said to have impressed watching scouts from a panoply of top clubs including a delegation from White Hart Lane according to the Mirror.
Comparisons to the big man of Malmo may be more to do with nationality than playing style.
At just 17 years old Berisha lacks either the height or the physical presence of the great Zlatan.
Perhaps another reason for the likening of the two players is Berisha’s reputed knack for an audacious goal (although the vast majority of his Youtube-able efforts are of the more bread and butter variety).
However his back-heeled effort against Honduras in Abu Dhabi does hint at a flair for the unusual.
The Swede has yet to represent Halmstads at higher than Under-21 level.
Ibrahimovic didn’t make his Malmo debut until he was 18 years old so there’s plenty of time for the Kosovo-born Berisha to keep pace with the career trajectory of his country’s finest footballer currently in operation.
At his club side the starlet is most often to be spotted in the Under-19 Allsvenskan South competition where he has notched four times in nine appearances as well as providing two assists for his teammates.
He’s also notched once across 66 minutes in two showings for the Under-21s, suggesting his goalscoring knack is following him up through the age groups.