According to the Daily Star, Mauricio Pochettino is looking to make his first Tottenham signing by securing the services of Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili.
The Argentine manager has reportedly made the 28-year-old one of his priority targets as he works to strengthen his squad after succeeding Tim Sherwood.
Spurs are understood to be leading the chase for Dzemaili as Pochettino looks to mould a team capable of returning to the Champions League.
Here are five things you didn’t know about the Macedonian-born midfielder.
1) Aged just 20, the highly-rated midfielder had already captained his club FC Zurich and forced his way into Switzerland’s senior international squad. His early career achievements saw him earn a move to the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers.
2) Sam Allardyce once described him as “one of the most promising defensive midfielders in Europe,” touting him as the replacement for club legend Gary Speed. Unfortunately, however, a cruciate knee ligament injury saw his spell at the Reebok cut short and he failed to make a single appearance for the club.
3) Since leaving Bolton, Dzemaili has made a real name for himself in Italy, first excelling with Torino, despite the club’s relegation from Serie A. Within three years he had moved on to Napoli, having enjoyed two seasons at Parma.
4) He joined Napoli in the summer of 2011 for €7.5million and he has since helped the Naples side to two Copa Italias and a second place Serie A finish during the 2012/13 season. The 28-year-old has made 85 appearances for the club, scoring a total of 16 goals.
5) Dzemaili featured on 26 occasions for his country since his international debut in 2007, starting 11 matches. He is part of Switzerland’s 23-man squad for the World Cup so keep an eye out for him in Brazil; he may get an opportunity to shine if he appears from the bench.