Tottenham and Chelsea target Kramaric follows in Modric’s footsteps

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Andrej Kramaric has been named the best player in Croatia during an awards ceremony, following in the footsteps of Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

Arguably the hottest football property in Croatia at present, Andrej Kramaric’s impressive efforts for HNK Rijeka this season have been duly recognised at an awards ceremony held in the region.

The 23-year-old took home the prize for the best player in the MAXtv Prva Liga, following in the wake of several former Premier League stars including Luka Modric, Eduardo and Niko Kranjcar.

In the midst of his best season to date in Croatia, Kramaric has scored 28 goals in 31 appearances for Rijeka this term, with that tally including an impressive haul of seven goals in the Europa League.

The former Dinamo Zagreb youth star’s finest moment came against Eredivisie giants Feyenoord when he grabbed a memorable hat-trick to breathe new life into their European campaign.

Rijeka may have failed to progress past the group stage, but Niko Kovac was evidently impressed and called Kramaric up to the national team. He duly rewarded the coach’s faith with goals against Malta and Azerbaijan.

Kramaric has been linked with a host of major clubs in the past few weeks, including Juventus, and the Premier League pair of Chelsea and Tottenham are both thought to be keeping close tabs on the forward.

Valued at around the £8 million mark by Rijeka, a January move looks increasingly likely.

This latest award will provide the striker with something of a boost heading towards Christmas and the January transfer window, following a run of four games without a goal.

Spurs talent spotter Paul Mitchell was thought to be in attendance for Rijeka’s 1-0 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League and if Kramaric is keen to seal a move to English shores, more goals in the coming weeks could well be required.

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