Tottenham-linked Josip Ilicic could become a fan favourite at White Hart Lane

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Josip Ilicic is a long-term target of Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up the possibility of a player swap deal with Fiorentina for out-of-favour defender Vlad Chiriches, in a move that would see highly-rated Josip Ilicic join the White Hart Lane outfit. 

The club are interested in offering around £6 million for the Fiorentina playmaker, who has – as reported by the Daily Mail - been on their radar for several seasons now, but have also informed the Serie A side that they would be open to an exchange deal involving want-away Chiriches.

Mauricio Pochettino has already made space in his midfield for the 27-year-old, given that Etienne Capoue has been sold to Watford and Benjamin Stambouli has recently completed a lucrative move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Amid speculation linking Ilicic with a move to North London, HITC Sport have analysed a prospective deal.

The Slovenian international was one of the best players for La Viola last term and scored eight league goals for the club and created 42 other chances for his team-mates.

He finished the campaign as his club's third most innovative player - behind only Borja Valero and Matias Fernandez - despite starting just 17 matches. 

While Ilicic is not a typical playmaker, his wand of a left foot makes him an extremely threatening force, particularly when deployed out wide.

Despite the fact the majority of his game time came as a substitute last season, he was most effective when operating down the flanks, where he can cut inside and shoot - six of his eight league strikes came from this position - but he can also play as a number 10, or up front. 

The 27-year-old was able to show his composure in possession, with an average pass completion rate of 83%. Meanwhile, he also found success in 32 of his 53 attempted dribbles - representing a 60% success rate.

On the other hand, he was able to win just 34% of the tackles he involved himself in and will be disappointed with his efforts in the air - winning only 19% of his aerial battles.

In terms of his playing style, Spurs look a good fit for the Slovenian. It is hard to imagine him cementing a starting spot ahead of the plethora of current Tottenham attackers at Pochettino's disposal, but his versatility would make him a useful asset to any European-chasing side.

A player who has a penchant for the spectacular, see below, the 27-year-old could soon become a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. 

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