Spurs linked with De Federico swoop

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly preparing a bid for Argentinian prodigy Matias De Federico.

The diminutive 19-year-old forward has netted five league goals for Huracan since making his professional debut in 2007.

But it has been in this year's Clausura championship that the starlet has established himself as a regular alongside fellow prodigy Javier Pastore as Los Quemeros emerged as surprise table-toppers, only to be pipped at the post for the title by Velez Sarsfield.

De Federico - who has been labelled the 'New Messi' - recently impressed national team boss and national icon Diego Maradona on his international debut, netting a spectacular goal in a 3-1 friendly win against Panama.

And while Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is believed to be a keen admirer of the teenage talent, the Reds' Premier League rivals Spurs are now thought to be monitoring the teenager, with long-time target Stewart Downing not expected back in action until Christmas.

The youngster recently revealed his admiration for the Premier League, adding that his style of play should be highly effective on English shores.

"I like to watch the English Premier League, it is very fast and I think that it would suit my speed well," he said, as reported by Sport.co.uk.

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