Tottenham linked with move to sign World Cup striker AVB said he'd "never heard of"

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Fiorentina striker Ante Rebic, who played for Croatia at this summer's World Cup, has once again been linked with a move for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have made a decent start to life under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, claiming three wins from the first seven games to take sixth place in the Premier League table at this early stage of the season.

The Argentine, who arrived from Southampton in the summer, made a number of calculated transfers with Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli arriving with very little money spent - at least, in comparison to last summer, where Andre Villas-Boas splashed the cash without much on-field success.

Pochettino chose to add players to his defence rather than his attack, but the poor performances of strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado means that the former Espanyol boss is already being linked with a January move to sign a centre forward, with Jackson Martinez of Porto and Sampdoria's Manolo Gabbiadini already suggested as prime targets.

However, a new name - or rather an old name - has been tipped again, with Fiorentina's Ante Rebic linked with a move to White Hart Lane once again. The 21-year-old Croatian was heavily linked with Spurs last summer whilst back in his homeland with RNK Split, only for then-manager Villas-Boas to state that he didn't even know the player.

"Rebic? I have no idea who this player is, I'm sorry. I don't know where this news has come form, not out of disrespect to the player but he's not someone I'm looking at," said Villas-Boas in May 2013.

Now though, reports suggest that chief scout Ian Bloomfield was watching Rebic in Croatia Under-21's clash with England on Friday night at Molineux, though he's current on loan with German side Leipzig - which could make any deal complicated.

Rebic played for Croatia at this summer's World Cup, but his tournament didn't go to plan having been sent off against Mexico in their final group game. Even despite that, it seems that Pochettino could make a move to sign a player that one of his predecessors claimed to have never even heard of.

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