Lazio fend off last-ditch Tottenham effort to sign Djordjevic

Lazio have won the race for striker Filip Djordjevic.

The Serbia international caught the eye of clubs around Europe with his displays in Nantes’ promotion-winning 2012-13 campaign, finishing top scorer in Ligue 2 with 20 goals.

Arriving in the French top flight doesn’t looked to have slowed him down either, as he’s bagged eight goals and four assists through 20 domestic appearances thus far.

The 26-year-old’s good form through the fall saw him linked with West Ham, Liverpool and Everton – all amidst stalling talks surrounding his expiring contract.

Yet in late December Canal + maintained Djordjevic had agreed terms with Lazio of Serie A, albeit for a supposed January switch – and the contention looks to now have held true in part.

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the Italian capital outfit have concluded negotiations for the Serbian, with the move to be finalised by early February.

The Red Star Belgrade youth product will sign a five-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico, but join up with his new employers in June in a contradiction of the French media's earlier claim.

According to Di Marzio, Tottenham Hotspur attempted to spoil Lazio’s party with a last-ditch effort to prise away the striker, but were unsuccessful.

Djordjevic’s arrival likely spells the end of Miroslav Klose’s time in Italy, as the 35-year-old’s contract expires in June and he’s yet to accept Lazio’s proposal of an extension.

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