Who is Tottenham Hotspur target Josip Ilicic?

The Palermo attacking midfielder is the latest player to be linked with a January switch to White Hart Lane, what could he bring to Andre Villas-Boas' side?

As the January transfer window ticks by new players will be linked with moves to the Premier League with increasing regularity, and teams like Tottenham Hotspur who are usually active in the market will always be at the forefront of the gossip columns.

Josip Ilicic is one of the freshest rumours involving Spurs, with the 24 year old linked with a switch to White Hart Lane in this morning's papers. The Slovenian attacking midfielder has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool before, and has been impressive for Palermo in Serie A this season, what could he bring to Spurs' side?

Standing comfortably over six feet tall, Ilicic is an imposing physical presence playing either behind the striker or on either flank of an attack. Despite his size Ilicic is more reliant on quick feet and clever passing than any physical attributes, and his dribbling ability is also rightly praised.

Whilst he isn't the out and out striker Spurs fans might be craving at the moment, Ilicic is a goal threat from deeper positions, and has scored four times in 17 Serie A appearances for Palermo this season. He has also created 31 chances for his team, with one of them converted into an assist.

Ilicic is not yet a world beater, but has the potential to be an excellent player, and looks well suited to Premier League football. His flexibility in terms of his position would make him a good option for Tottenham's squad, as he would be adept covering any position in their current front four.

Whether Ilicic is looking for a move is doubtful, and Palermo would be disinclined to sell such an important player in January.

However with his side in awful form and sitting second from bottom in Serie A, Ilicic's head might be turned if Tottenham came in with a bid for his services in the next couple of weeks.

With primary targets like Willian and Joao Moutinho looking unattainable, and Lewis Holtby not arriving until the summer, Spurs could view Ilicic as a worthy addition this winter as they chase Champions League qualification

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