Father blocks Tottenham move for Halilovic

Tottenham’s latest attempts to sign 17-year-old Croatian attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic have suffered a setback, with the player’s father currently blocking the move, according to the Daily Express.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side were close to bringing the Dinamo Zagreb youngster to the Premier League in the summer for around £10m, only to initiate new talks over Halilovic, according to reports in Italy. Tottenham are now reportedly willing to offer up to £17m – more than Halilovic’s release clause of £13m, and Dinamo are open to the sale.

However, Sejad Halilovic, the player’s father, who is a coach with Dinamo Zagreb, is not sanctioning the deal until he receives guarantees over his son’s playing time from the North London club.

There is currently plenty of competition for attacking midfield positions at White Hart Lane, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Christian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho and Erik Lamela all vying to play behind the lone striker.

Halilovic, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has made 13 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb this season, and has already been handed three international caps. Despite that, Tottenham prefer to bring the teenager through the club’s youth set-up.

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