Liverpool & Tottenham face battle for 'next Zlatan Ibrahimovic'

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Sunderland have offered star of the under-17 Fifa World Cup, Valmir Berisha, a contract in a bid to ward off interest, reports the Daily Star.

The 17-year-old has returned from the Fifa under-17 World Cup, hosted in the UAE, with his reputation fully enhanced after taking home the Golden Shoe with seven goals.

His Swedish descent, coupled with a viral video of him scoring a sensational back-heeled goal has led to comparisons with his compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Liverpool and Tottenham were believed to be interested in Berisha with Spurs ready to offer £500,000 to land him from Swedish club Halmstad.

Andre Villas-Boas forked out a club record £26m to land striker Roberto Soldado in the summer, but the striker has failed to settle at White Hart Lane.

Whilst his team mates Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor continue to struggle, AVB may be forced to enter the market again and Berisha could add strength-in-depth despite his tender years.

Liverpool are also looking for back-up for their star strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who have been in sensational form this season.

Although both Suarez and Sturridge are the joint top scorers in the league, there is little back-up should one get injured and Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move for Berisha to provide cover.

However, Sunderland have since stolen a march on their Premier League rivals and have reportedly offered the player a contract to join Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light.

Black Cats director of football Roberto De Fanti has been thoroughly impressed by the player and has moved to make sure that the exciting talent ends up on Wearside.

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