Spurs snap up young Ivorian ace
Tottenham have signed highly-rated Ivorian youth international Souleymane Coulibaly. The club tonight announced the 16-year-old striker has moved to White Hart Lane, having previously played for Italian club Siena's youth team.
Coulibaly was a big success at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico where he scored an astounding nine goals in four games. Tottenham said in a statement on their website: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Souleymane Coulibaly to join the club."
Details of the move from Siena, and Coulibaly's Tottenham contract, have not been revealed by his new club. Coulibaly did not make a first-team appearance for Siena, however he shone in Mexico last month.
He scored four goals against Denmark and a hat-trick against Brazil as the young Côte d'Ivoire side reached the last 16, where they were knocked out by France, and his haul equalled a tournament record which was set by France's Florent Sinama Pongolle 10 years ago.
Coulibaly's playing style has seen the teenager likened to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, a fellow Ivorian, and he was linked with moves to many of Europe's leading clubs including Real Madrid, after his stunning run of goalscoring.