Tottenham Hotspur reportedly sign Croatian wonderkid duo for £17m

Denis Doyle

According to Dinamo Zagreb president Mirko Barisic, teenagers Alen Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj have been sold. He didn't state the club he sold them to, but multiple reports link them to Tottenham Hotspur.

If reports from Croatia are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur have signed 17-year-old defender Tin Jedvaj and 17-year-old attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb. Dinamo president Mirko Barisic says that fees have been agreed for both players, but would not reveal the club that they have been sold to.

Sportske reported the rumor, though their site is down at the time of this post's publishing. Here's one site from Croatia and one site in English that were able to get to the report before their site crashed. If the rumor is true, Jedvaj will likely join Spurs in January, while Halilovic will join next summer; the latter player just recently turned 17.

Both Jedvaj and Halilovic made significant first team league appearances last season and Halilovic was even handed his senior national team debut. The price of each individual player will probably be revealed eventually if this deal does go through, but I'd venture to guess that Haillovic is significantly more expensive.

This seems like a lot of money to pay for a couple of teenagers, but you can't hit any home runs (or sixes, if you prefer) if you never swing hard. I haven't seen enough of Jedvaj or Halilovic to make a judgment about whether or not these guys are worth the money, but these signings -- the ones in the mould of these guys, Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Sandro -- are the ones that Tottenham has to make if they're going to make a run at consistently finishing top four in the Premier League. Sometimes we get a David Bentley or Kyle Naughton, but our management has more hits than misses. Even if these particular players aren't perfect, I support the idea of signing players like this wholeheartedly.

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