West Ham and Southampton battle for next Ibrahimovic

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West Ham and Southampton won’t do battle on the pitch until May, however, the Premier League sides are already fighting for highly-rated Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg according to reports. Dolberg has been heralded as the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Although the youngster is from Denmark, his similarities with the ex-Manchester United forward stretches to neighbouring Scandinavian nation, Sweden.

Much like Zlatan, he is best known for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability.

He is versatile and well-rounded, from a tactical standpoint, capable of playing anywhere along the front line. However, he is most often deployed as a striker, due to his composure and eye for goal.

Dolberg’s Ajax teammate Joel Veltman first spotted his traits in 2016. He believed the young forward could follow the illustrious path of the former AC Milan, PSG, Barcelona and Manchester United striker, claiming he is even more reliable in one-on-one situations.
According to Calciomercato, the Hammers and Saints are willing to offer him a chance to join the Premier League.

Dolberg’s stock has continued to rise since joining as a 17-year-old from Silkeborg IF in 2015. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s brightest poachers during an outstanding 2016/17 campaign with the Amsterdam giants, scoring 23 goals in all competitions as Peter Bosz’s side reached the Europa League final.

In an injury-plagued campaign last season, he managed just nine. However the Dane forward appears to have reached for his clinical boots, hitting 10 goals thus far this season. And not even rotating with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has reduced his productivity.

As a result, both West Ham and Southampton have been keen to bring Dolberg to England. Manuel Pellegrini and Ralph Hasenhuttl are short of natural goalscorers and the Ajax starlet is a player who makes putting the ball into the back of the net seem remarkably easy.
Dolberg’s current contract is set to run till the summer of 2022. But Ajax may find it tempting should any of the clubs meet his £15.3m valuation in the summer.