By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign Croatian wonderkid Ante Coric, according to a report.
Spurs are on the trail of the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, who has been likened in Croatia to Spanish playmaker David Silva for his style of play.
According to Italian transfer website Tuttomercatoweb, the Londoners are in negotiations with Dinamo Zagreb to secure the signing of the teenager and have offered £3.1million.
It is said Spurs have watched Coric recently as they look at young players who can fit into Maurcio Pochettino’s style of play.
The Argentine wants players who can maintain a high level of intensity while performing actions in tight spaces and Coric has been identified as a hard-working player who can unlock defences in crowded areas.
The youngster, who is a regular for Croatia Under-21s, was a key member of Dinamo Zagreb’s title-winning team this season.
Coric made 41 appearances for Dinamo this season, scoring five goals and supplying six assists from his central playmaking role.
The Croatian club accept they face a battle to hand on to the youngster and their bid to drive up the price is helped by competing interest from Liverpool.
Croatian newspaper SN claimed earlier this week that Tottenham were willing to pay up to £10million for Coric, while the Merseyside giants could be willing to trump the Londoners and spend £11.4million on the player, who is contracted to Dinamo until 2020.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club jetted out on a £30million mission last weekend as they stepped up their pursuit of a priority target.