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Valencia beat Spurs to Croatian

Lately I have been bringing you news of some of the players, both for now and the future, that Tottenham have been scouting and the next name on the list is another player from Croatia, an area we regularly try to pick up young players from.

The young player in question is 17-year-old (18 in August) Andrija Balić. He is a Croatian right footed defensive midfielder for Hajduk Split in the Prva HNL. We were in talks with him last summer but couldn't convince him to join us, his father felt he would develop faster playing regular football so he stayed in Croatia.

24sata are reporting that he is going to Valencia for £4.35 million (US$6.76m - AUS$8.71m - €6m) which is the figure it has been previously they were after for him, our bid last summer was rather lower, £1.09 million (US$1.69m - AUS$2.18m - €1.5m).

The deal hasn't actually been signed but the Hajduk Split chairman says the only thing needed is the signature. The agent organising the deal also helped the Valencia owner, Peter Lim, buy the club, which didn't go down to well with their fans. Now it seems Jorge Mendes is helping him bring in some young talent.

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