Five facts about Tottenham Hotspur target Valmir Berisha

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to try and sign 17-year-old star Valmir Berisha.

The teenager has hit the headlines due to his superb goalscoring record so far this season and the suggestion that he could be the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come out of Sweden.

Several clubs are thought to be keeping an eye on the youngster, who has been compared to Ibrahimovic for his instinctive nature around the opposition penalty area and ability to score impressive goals from a variety of situations.

Initial reports suggest Spurs will offer around £500,000 to his current club to try and force the deal through.

Here’s a little bit more about him.

1) He was born in Albania but moved to Sweden with his family when he was just two-years-old.

2) He’s a left sided player and plays in either the number nine or number ten centre forward roles and currently plays for the under-19 side of Halmstads.

3) His goal return this season has been impressive; 12 goals and two assists from 20 matches for club and country.

4) He had a 100% strike rate at the under-17 world cup, with his goal tally including a hat-trick against Argentina.

5) He was scouted extensively by Tottenham scouts during the tournament.

It was not just Adebayor's goalscoring which impressed that campaign, but his willingness to drop deep and link up with midfield players joining the attack, namely Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.

Neither player are currently at the club, but could in theory be replaced by Christian Eriksen and one of either Andros Townsend or Erik Lamela.

Roberto Soldado at present has hit a brick wall in his early days in a Spurs shirt, while Jermain Defoe has shown repeatedly that long-term he is not the man to lead the line in attack.

Adebayor it could be argued deserves one more chance between now and the transfer window to show what he is capable of once more, and see if he is a better fit for this Tottenham side than those who are presently trying without success.

He would take the heat off summer signing Soldado in the process, and get to prove a point at the same time. It would be win-win for player and club, and if he fails then fans can move on from calls for him to be given a chance.

With AVB digging his heels in over the striker, it's very possible he now does not want to change his stance, and be proven wrong in case Adebayor did succeed. Which would be a great shame because right now he may just be the best and freshest option they have.

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