After losing Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey to Tottenham Hotspur last season, the last thing Fulham fans will have wanted to hear this summer was that Spurs were interested in another one of their players.
However there have been reports in Sweden suggesting that Andre Villas-Boas sent chief scout Daniel Sousa to watch Alex Kacaniklic play against Macedonia on Monday, and if that was the case, Sousa is likely to take a glowing report to his manager.
Kacaniklic scored the only goal of the game in the first half, and also rattled the crossbar in a fine display that demonstrated again the potential that the 21-year-old has.
The Swede’s agent, Miro Jagajac, confirmed that Spurs had been tracking Kacaniklic’s progress, and added that several other sides were also monitoring the winger. Kacaniklic currently has two years left on his current contract at Fulham, and has so far given no indication that he would want to leave Craven Cottage, instead suggesting he is hoping to nail down a place in Martin Jol’s first team next year.
Kacaniklic made 20 Premier League appearances last season, scoring four times and impressing with his dribbling ability. Spurs might be planning to bring him to White Hart Lane to add depth to their flanks, particularly on the left-side with Gareth Bale now routinely playing in a more central position.
Tom Ince and Christian Atsu have also been linked with Tottenham, and if they moved for either of those players you would expect they would not also try and sign Kacaniklic this summer. Andros Townsend will also be part of Villas-Boas’ thinking next year after his impressive loan spell at QPR in the second half of this season.
However their successful business with Fulham last season might see Spurs return to Craven Cottage for another player, and given Kacaniklic’s youth and obvious talent, he would be a tempting target if there was a chance Fulham would be prepared to let him go for the right price.
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