Tottenham Hotspur summer target Alessandro Bastoni has not been playing regular league football for Inter this season ahead of the January window.
Spurs correspondent Alasdair Gold has admitted he has been keeping an eye on the Italian’s situation when speaking on his latest YouTube video.
Over the summer, Tottenham heavily linked with a potential swoop for the Inter centre-back, with him believed to be Fabio Paratici’s number-one target.
However, the Lilywhites were unable to get the potential deal over the line, with the 23-year-old wanting to remain at the San Siro ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
And although Bastoni has made just seven starts in Serie A, Gold believes a player of his calibre leaving in the January window feels unlikely.
He said: “I don’t think a January move is likely at all, but I am intrigued by what’s happening with Alessandro Bastoni at Inter. You know the history, you know Spurs really wanted him as one of their top two centre-back targets in the summer – [Josko] Gvardiol was the other.
“Spurs were willing to pay the money, just the player was not looking to leave at all. But I have kind of been keeping an eye on what’s been happening with him, and he’s only started [seven] Serie A games this season. Been an unused sub in three of the last four games as well.
“There keeps being talk about him getting a new contract, but at the moment, he’s still got the one that expires in 18 months’ time, roughly. I do think January will be too difficult to prise him away.”
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Interestingly, the defender has been dubbed a ‘dream signing’ for Tottenham by Dean Jones.
One thing that is certain is that Spurs would benefit from a defender of Bastoni’s quality in the January window, with their defensive solidity wearing thin in recent weeks.
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And in addition to the defensive bolstering Bastoni could offer, the Italian ranks in the 99th percentile among centre-backs for shot-creating actions and assists.
With Spurs lacking creativity at times this season, we would be interested to see how big of an addition a player like Bastoni could provide Conte.