Harry Redknapp beats off competition from Real Madrid for the signature of the hot property, whose remarkable performances at the Under-17 World Cup alerted Europe's eliteTottenham have captured the signing of highly-sought-after Ivorian youngster Souleymane Coulibaly, the club has confirmed.
The 16-year-old arrives from Siena, and was believed to be being chased by the likes of Real Madrid before agreeing to move to White Hart Lane.
Dubbed ‘the new Didier Drogba’, Coulibaly scored nine goals in four games for Ivory Coast at the recent Under-17 World Cup, including a hat-trick against Brazil and a four-goal haul against Denmark in consecutive matches.
That feat equalled the previous tournament record set by former Liverpool player Florent Sinama-Pongolle, but in three games fewer than the Frenchman managed.
It is understood that the striker will immediately join manager Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham first-team.