CSKA Moscow have stepped up their interest in Alen Halilovic in an attempt to replace the outgoing Keisuke Honda, reports the Daily Express.

The Croatian starlet is currently plying his trade at Dinamo Zagreb but has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Bayern Munich recently.

Both the Bavarians and Spurs were believed to have offered £8.5m for Halilovic but the Croatian club are only willing to listen to offers of £13m and above.

It is now being reported that a deal to bring the 17-year-old to White Hart Lane is unlikely with CSKA Moscow ready to step up their interest.

The Russian club have been scouting the player, who is currently representing Croatia at the Under-17 World Cup in the UAE.

According to Russian publication Izvestia, scouts from CSKA have been impressed with Halilovic and see him as the perfect replacement for Honda who is expected to sign for AC Milan when his contract expires.

Recent reports suggested that a move to Tottenham had been blocked by the player's father due to there being no guarentee that he'll get first team football.

Halilovic's agent, Shay Chen, has however, insisted that it is Zagreb's high valuation that is preventing a move.

The Daily Express quote Chen as saying: "Dinamo Zagreb wants too much money for Alen.

"We need to see what happens in the winter [transfer window].

"If they reduce their financial demands then we can make progress in the negotiations.

"We have offers from many clubs but everything will depend on Dinamo Zagreb's position."

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