Halmstad to fend off interest in Liverpool & Spurs target

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Liverpool and Spurs transfer target Valmir Berisha was named the top scorer at the recent under-17 World Cup - with his club Halmstad now desperate to fend off interest in the player.

Berisha top scored with seven goals as Sweden reached the final, only to fall at the final hurdle to Nigeria. And the 17-year-old Liverpool and Spurs target was the subject of "concrete offers" according to the player's agent earlier this week.

But according to Sky Sports, Halmstad, Berisha's club team, have denied receiving any bids for the forward and instead intend to sit down and hold contract talks in an effort to stave off interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham.

"We will have to talk with him," Halmstad sports director Mikael Kaller told Sportbladet.

"We haven't got any offers, but I have heard from his agent that there is interest in him."

But Berisha has admitted his agent, Anders Karlsson, has informed him of interest from several European teams.

Speaking to SVT Sport, Berisha said: "I have focused on the World Cup. My agent said there are clubs interested, but I don't know which."

Karlsson has compared Berisha to Robin Van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but despite the promotion off the pitch, the striker seems to be doing his talking on the field.

Liverpool and Spurs were both thought to be scouting the teenager at the under-17 World Cup, but they are unlikely to be the only clubs interested.

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