Former Arsenal man on failed Spurs target - 'A phenomenon'

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Barcelona bound attacker and 'next Luka Modric' Alen Halilovic was heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur for a number of seasons.

When Davor Suker arrived at Highbury in 1999 it is fair to say that the Croatian legend was approaching the end of his illustrious career.

During his time with the club he became known as something of a super sub - but unfortunately his time in North London is better remembered for a missed penalty against Galatasaray in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final.

Nowadays Suker - his country’s top goalscorer with 45 goals - is the president of the Croatian Football Federation.

And Spanish source Mundo Deportivo has ran a few quotes from the great relating to a player who was once targeted by his former club and their greatest Premier League rivals.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both after Alen Halilovic over the past 18 months - a player dubbed the next Luka Modric.

In fact Spurs were reported to have signed him last summer. It was announced in June 2013 that he and Tin Jedvaj had already agreed to move to White Hart Lane.

That never happened, for reasons unknown, and Jedvaj headed off to Roma.

Halilovic - he agreed a deal to join Barcelona in February and will join up with his new club in the summer from Dinamo Zagreb.

Halilovic, who will spend the 2014-15 season with Barcelona ‘B’, is therefore a hot topic in Spanish conversation - especially when speaking to a Croatian player who spent eight years plying his trade in Spain for Sevilla and Real Madrid.

Suker gave something away, but not much, when talking about the young starlet:

"Halilovic is a phenomenon, but I cannot talk about it, now I'm president, anything you say is 'I read' so interested in my country because it is very close to the World Cup Brazil 2014 and there is controversy about whether to go or not Halilovic".

As president of the federation he didn’t want to give too much away ahead of the World Cup this summer - for which the topsy-turvy form of Halilovic is a massive talking point in Croatia.

But it seems clear that Suker backs him - and that the Premier League is missing out on a top talent.

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