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Reported €5m Tottenham target AVB had never heard of bags winning Under-20 goal

Watch Ante Rebic; the man strongly linked with Spurs just a month ago despite Andre Villas Boas having never heard of him scoring for Croatia.

It may have escaped your attention under the sheer disappointment of England’s youth players once again letting us down but there was a familiar name on the score sheet during Sunday evenings World Under-20 Championship fixtures.

As while England were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by the under-20 side representing Iraq the Croatian side were beating a highly rated Uruguay team in the other match up.

And the man who scored the goal? A certain mister Ante Rebic?

Now I can just hear the cogs churning away in your brains because I heard those very same cogs clicking into gear in my own as I tried desperately to recall where I had heard that name.

And then; like a bullet from a gun; it came flooding back to me.

Ante Rebic was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur back in May.

The talented Croatian had just had a stellar season for little-known Croatian outfit RNK Split and was being linked with a move to Spurs for €5 million.

Goal.com claimed that the striker had ‘been the subject of several scouting trips by the north London club’ and his agent spoke highly of a potential move: 

“Absolutely. The way of playing from Tottenham, and the way of playing from Ante, maybe, maybe, the right club. Because offensively Ante is good - he's big, strong, fast - it could be an ideal situation.”

Compared to a mixture between Alen Boksic and Ivan Perisic the attacker seemed to be on his way to Spurs as something of a gamble from Andre Villas-Boas.

Although this all came as news to AVB.

As a side-note to purring over David Villa this is what the Spurs supremo had to say about Rebic:

"Rebic? I have no idea who this player is, I'm sorry. I don't know where this news has come from, not out of disrespect to the player but he's not someone I'm looking at." 

So while the Tottenham deal will seemingly never happen there is surely a big career waiting somewhere else on the continent for this talented forward.

And this goal will only heighten his burgeoning reputation…


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