Liverpool & Spurs set to step up interest in 'next Ibrahimovic'

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Liverpool and Tottenham could face an intense battle to sign the striker dubbed 'the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic', with reports suggesting that Valmir Berisha has entered talks over a new contract in Sweden.

17-year-old Berisha, who currently represents Allsvenskan outfit Halmstads BK, has enjoyed a tremendous rise to prominence this summer, rising from relative obscurity into arguably one of Europe's hottest young prospects thanks to a stunning performance during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

His most memorable display came in the Swedes' last game of the tournament against Argentina, when Berisha went on to net a superb hat-trick as his side claimed the bronze after a 4-1 rout.

Unsurprisingly, such form has led to Berisha being linked with a move to one of the continent's more prestigious divisions.

In particular, Premier League duo Tottenham and Liverpool have each been linked with a potential switch for Berisha, whose own agent confirmed earlier this week that there is indeed widespread interest in his client.

However, it appears as if both of those sides could be set to miss out on the young star, with Mikael Kaller - sporting director of Halmstads - having confirmed that the club have begun talks over a new deal.

"We have begun discussions with Valmir and his agent," he was quoted by the Daily Star.

"Then it ends with us or he goes somewhere else, I do not know. But Valmir is a great talent, he was great in Under-17 World Cup and it is obvious that we would like to see him still with us." 

Such news would presumably alarm both Liverpool and Spurs, with previous reports having suggested that Berisha could be available for a paltry fee of just £500,000.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers currently has plenty of attacking options available to him, but Luis Suarez' future on Merseyside has been the subject of much speculation of late.

Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas - who lavished considerable sums on a number of attacking players during the summer following the world-record departure of Gareth Bale - will surely have designs on further additions in the new year with his side struggling badly in front of goal.

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