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Report: West Ham and Tottenham in five-way chase for 'new Erling Haaland'

Jeunes Footeux claim that Tottenham and West Ham are two of five clubs keeping tabs on the next Erling Haaland – namely, RB Salzburg’s Roko Simic.

Simic, 18, has broken through at Salzburg and scored two UEFA Youth League goals in two games for his club’s youth outfit – before going on loan.

Joining second-tier Austrian side Liefering, the Italian-born Croatia Under-21 international has been excellent – netting six goals in nine games.

That form has not gone unnoticed. Son of Dario Simic – who played for both Inter Milan and AC Milan – Roko has attracted the attention of five clubs.

From the Premier League, Tottenham and West Ham are looking at Simic. However, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco are also keen.

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Tottenham and West Ham eye Simic: Really the next Haaland?

Comparisons with Haaland obviously originate from the fact he is on the books at Salzburg – and that he is a striker with considerable height.

Already, at 18, Simic stands at a lofty 6ft 3in. So, the likeness easy to be drawn between Simic and Haaland. Time will tell if he can progress.

Obviously, there is a long way to go before he reaches the same standard as Norway international Haaland. But the early signs are certainly there.

A move to West Ham and Tottenham will be beneficial, but only if they give him the platform to shine. Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott are Spurs options.

West Ham, meanwhile, have little cover up top for Michail Antonio – that could give the Hammers a gem for the future and immediate back-up.

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