Five facts on Tottenham Hotspur-linked Andrej Kramaric

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The Rijeka striker has emerged as a surprise £4 million transfer target for the White Hart Lane club, so what should Spurs fans know about the forward?

Signed by Dinamo Zagreb when he was just six-years-old back in 1997, Kramaric scored a grand total of 450 goals for the Croatian giants at youth level to make him the club’s greatest ever marksmen in those age categories.

He went on to play 42 times for the senior side, scoring 10 goals in the process, spending the 2012/13 season on loan at Lokomotiva where a return of 20 goals in 45 outings convinced the player to depart Zagreb in search of more first team opportunities.

Kramaric came close to signing for Celtic over the summer, with the 23-year-old travelling with his agent to Glasgow to negotiate a deal for the forward.

The Bhoys ultimately opted to sign Serbian striker Stefan Scepovic, however, leaving Kramaric and his agent feel none too happy.

Speaking to the Daily Record Sport, Kramaric’s agent said: "Celtic left us standing outside in the rain ... I will never deal with them again."

The Rijeka hotshot has already made headlines in the Europa League this season after scoring a hat-trick for the Croatians during a 3-1 home win over Feyenoord in the group stage of the competition.

Kramaric netted a 13-minute hat-trick against the Dutch side, scoring goals in the 63rd, 71st and 76th minutes of the match.

Kramaric is currently on course to break former Arsenal star Eduardo da Silva’s 2007 Croatian first division record of 34 goals in a single season having netted 21 times in just 14 domestic fixtures already this term.

He went some way to reaching that target in November of this year, after scoring five times in a 6-0 thrashing of Lokomotiva- the side he spent a year on loan with. Kramaric scored in the 21st, 22nd, 38th, 49th and 63rd minute before being subbed off one goal shy of breaking the reacord for most goals in a single match.

His haul was nevertheless the most scored by a single player in 14 years of top-flight competition

"Of course I am happy and proud because of the five goals, but I have to mention my teammates Močinić, Sharbini and Kvržić, who set me up perfectly that I couldn’t miss. They gave me the ball on a plate. Maybe it sounds arrogant, but I am sorry I didn’t score six for the record. I knew Dodik’s record was six goals, it was going through my head," he told Croatia Week afterwards.

A Croatia international, Kramaric has played for the national side at seven different levels of youth football, and received his first call-up to the senior side back in August.

He provided an assist for Mario Mandzukic on his debut against Cyprus in a friendly and went one better in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Malta by scoring.

Manager Niko Kovac did not hold back in his praise of the forward claiming: "He did his job perfectly, it was evident that he is a real goal scorer. He even reminds me of our president Davor Suker."

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