According to a report in The Sunday Mirror (17/10, p72), Arsenal are set to enter the race to sign rumoured Tottenham target Roko Simic.

Simic, who was born in Italy, has represented Croatia at Under-15s, Under-16s, Under-17s and Under-21s levels. 

After impressing at Lokomotiva Zagreb, Red Bull Salzburg swooped in to sign the centre-forward and loaned him out to feeder club FC Liefering, where he has scored seven goals in ten games so far this season.

Jeunes Footeaux reported recently that Spurs and West Ham were both keeping tabs on the youngster ahead of a potential move for him in January. 

If The Mirror’s latest update is to believed, the Lilywhites may also face competition from their North London rivals for Simic.

The report compares the striker’s characteristics to that of Croatia legend Mario Mandzukic due to his imposing physical qualities and his eye for goal. 

It is suggested that Arsenal are eyeing a move for the striker at a fee of around £7m plus add-ons.

Spurs Web Opinion 

One of the reasons Paratici was brought into Spurs was to identify young talent before they become stars. So, one would expect us to sign a lot of players of Simic’s profile over the coming years. 

However, with two talented young strikers already at the club in Scarlett and Parrott, the club have to be careful to ensure that signing the likes of Simic does not adversely affect their development.

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