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Liverpool and Spurs in summer scrap for Croat star

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Liverpool and Spurs are both thought to have made enquiries for Croatian keeper Marijan Antolovic.

The HNK Cibalia stopper has had a sensational season, helping his unfashionable club to third in Prva HNL. Both the Reds and Tottenham have taken notice, with the player's club claiming an approach from both clubs over a potential move.

"Some of the biggest clubs are after Antolovic, like Spurs and Liverpool," said Cibalia's sporting director Drazen Pernar.

"Every day we get more enquiries about him."

The 21-year-old goalkeeper has been with Cibalia since starting at the club as a junior, and made his first team debut for the Nebesko plavi in 2007.

The 2009/10 campaign has been a breakout season for Antolovic, winning the 'best keeper in the Croatian First division' as voted for by sports journalists in the country.

A 550 minute clean-sheet streak was the highlight of the season as the stopper helped his side finish in a Champions League qualifying position for the first time in their history.

International recognition has come in the shape of three U21 caps, and Slaven Bilic has singled Antolovic out as a potential star of the future for his country.

Both Rafa Benitez and Harry Redknapp would see Antolovic as competitive cover for their respective number one's, and the pair could face off in a summer transfer battle when the window re-opens in January.

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