A retired right-back who spent most of his career in Italy with Inter and Milan, Dario Simić also has a son named Roko, who is a striker at RB Salzburg.

Loaned out to FC Liefering the 2.Liga, the 18-year-old has impressed since he arrived, scoring eight goals in 11 games, two of which came in UEFA Youth League games with RB Salzburg’s U19s.

That’s caught the eye of a few scouts, with Jeunes Footeux claiming West Ham United are among those keeping tabs on the situation.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, since the Hammers are in the market for a new striker, albeit with most expecting them to sign someone a bit older capable of directly impacting the first-team.

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That being said, scooping up talent early could be one way of avoiding similar situations to the one they currently find themselves in, having struggled to replace Sébastien Haller since his sale to Ajax Amsterdam.

Jeunes Footeux explain West Ham, Spurs, RB Leipzig, Real Madrid and AS Monaco are all ‘closely following’ the player’s performances, and it ‘wouldn’t be surprising for the young goalscorer to quickly be the subject of offers’.

With scouts reportedly ‘comparing him to Erling Haaland’ likely due to his height (1m90), the fact he plays at RB Salzburg and his ability to find the back of the net, Simić could therefore find himself in the middle at the heart of an auction ‘before his value skyrockets on the transfer market’.