Groningen ready Berg replacement

Groningen manager Hans Nijland has admitted he expects Sweden U21 hot-shot Marcus Berg to move on this summer.

The 22-year-old front-man netted 13 goals in 15 outings for Groningen in 2008/09 - including four in one match against Roda JC - having scored 18 the previous season.

However, the youngster shot to fame during the recent U21 European Championships in Sweden, where Berg bagged seven goals in four matches as the hosts eventually bowed out on penalties to England at the semi-final stage.

Liverpool, Everton, Ajax, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Lazio and Villarreal have already been linked with the starlet's signature this summer.

However, Premier League pair Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are now the reported front-runners in the race to acquire Berg's services, after Nijland revealed that two English clubs are keen on the whiz-kid.

"Soren Lerby, the agent of Marcus Berg, has informed us there is a really serious interest from two clubs in the Premier League," Nijland said in the Sunday Mirror.

"We have his replacement already lined up."

NEWS: Merseyside duo keen on bagging Berg