Video evidence: Senijad Ibricic (Stoke & Blackburn)

Amongst all the financial difficulties which Setanta are finding themselves in at the present time, the Irish broadcasters are arguably plugging the online thirst for transfer gossip better than anyone else having rolled out their live daily transfer blog which continuously updates throughout every day of the window.

One of the latest stories to break on the Setanta wire are whispers that Stoke and Blackburn are battling it out for the signature of Hajduk Split’s attacking-midfielder Senijad Ibricic, who is yet another hot talent emerging from Bosnia.

Having come through the ranks at NK Zagreb, where he chalked up 22 goals in 100 appearances, Ibricic was snapped up by local powerhouse Hajduk in the summer of 2008 and has since continued to blossom further. Statistically last season proved Ibricic’s best yet, notching up a career high 13 goals in a season plus five assists, in just 34 matches.

Without doubt though, the highlight of Senijad Ibricic’s year was a stunning 25-yard dipper in the derby against Dinamo Zagerb. (Watch here.)

Blessed with a golden right-foot, Ibricic is chiefly known as a dead-ball specialist. However, pigeon-holing the forward is misleading, he has an excellent eye for a pass, appears to be controlled and thoughtful in possession and, while not the speediest footballer of all-time, Ibricic can beat a man as well as proving tough to shift off the ball.

Neither Stoke nor Blackburn are awash with funds for new transfers this summer, and accordingly it appears that both clubs are making their scouts work hard to uncover fresh talent from some of the lesser known parts of the world. Ibricic can be seen as a calculated gamble, with the prospect of surprising some people in the Premier League.

Video evidence of Senijad Ibricic can be seen here.