Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly back in negotiations with Dinamo Zagreb to sign 17-year-old attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic.
Spurs were close to agreeing a double deal for Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj earlier in the transfer window, but that deal collapsed, apparently due to the former’s demands, and Jedvaj ended up moving to Roma.
However Daniel Levy has a good relationship with Zagreb president Zdravko Mamic after they agreed a deal for Luka Modric in 2008, and the pair have reportedly met in Dubrovnik to discuss a move for Halilovic.
The 17-year-old became the youngest player to ever play for Croatia in June when he was selected to face Portugal in a friendly, and is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe.
Manchester United are considering renewing their interest in Gareth Bale, and Spurs could apparently be open to a move from the Premier League champions after becoming frustrated with negotiations with Real Madrid over the player.
Spurs value Bale at over £100m, with Manchester United perhaps hoping to use striker Javier Hernandez as part of a deal for the 24-year-old.
The London club apparently have their doubts over whether Real Madrid are able to make a big enough offer for Bale, especially as Spurs will require a high percentage of the fee upfront.
With Etienne Capoue set to complete a move to Spurs over the next week, Andre Villas-Boas might look to offload two of his other central midfielders in one go with Hull City keen on both Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.
Paulinho has also been signed this summer, and Sandro has returned from injury, meaning that both Livermore and Huddlestone are unlikely to feature regularly next season.
Hull want to sign Huddlestone permanently, with Fulham, Stoke City and Cardiff also linked with the 26-year-old, and take Livermore on a season-long loan.
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