Journalist Alasdair Gold has claimed Tottenham Hotspur will be targeting a midfielder that can play deep as well as further forward in the upcoming transfer window.
Antonio Conte has certainly not disguised the fact he believes the club need to keep making more signings despite splashing out over £146m during the summer and also being handed Serie A pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur earlier in the year.
Spurs have been linked with several players during the World Cup, including long-time target Weston McKennie, who England fans will now know very well after he performed well against them for the United States.
And after being asked on his YouTube channel what Spurs’ transfer priorities are heading into the January transfer window, Gold had this to say on what the club will be targeting:
Will Spurs be active in January?
“I’d hope, and I get the impression it will be likely someone that could play deeper, but also further up the pitch, and I’m sure they will look at another centre-back.
“Essentially, they’ve got to pretty much replace Bryan Gil and Japhet Tanganga, who are likely, you’d think, [to] go out on loan.”
TIF Thoughts on Spurs’ transfer priorities…
It appears very clear that Conte wishes to address the centre of his midfield, which may seem slightly bizarre given he’s relied so heavily upon Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur this season, so he appears to trust them very much – though perhaps he’s after quality in depth.
But that could mean a new arrival in that position at Spurs would likely be an initial backup option alongside the likes of Yves Bissouma and Oliver Skipp, which could well be a difficult sell for Tottenham.
If Spurs are serious about winning silverware and cementing their spot inside the top four for a second season, we feel more money will have to be made available to Conte in January – something that would usually be unheard of from Daniel Levy – so it could also be a test of his commitment and trust in the manager.