Tottenham News: Conte ‘watches’ Wilfried Singo but pressured into signing alternative | Soccer | sport
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is reportedly considering a move for Turin full-back Wilfried Singo but may instead be forced to drop the Ivorian in favor of a pursuit of Nottingham Forest loan star Djed Spence. UEFA rules are expected to put pressure on the Spurs squad, which is running out of places for foreign players as the summer transfer window approaches.
Conte supposedly has big plans for the summer, just like he did in January. The Italian was only landed with two new additions in his first transfer window at the helm, but having started since then the board might be more willing to put cash in his hands and those of Fabio Paratici.
The Telegraph claim Conte could demand six newcomers amid the constant threat that the esteemed boss could walk away if the board doesn’t match his ‘ambitions’. Singo is believed to be on his target list as he tries to move on from the frustration of missing out on Adama Traore in January.
Singo spent two seasons with the Turin first team and, aged just 21, the 6ft3in right-back is set to have a bright future. After scoring three goals and four assists in Serie A this campaign, it may take £42 million to win in a double whammy with teammate, Gleison Bremer.
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In short, Spurs need more homegrown talent to meet UEFA squad regulations, and their renewed interest in Spence in January could help them to that end. As an England Under-21 international with a catalog of superb performances under his belt this campaign, the Lilywhites would also be landed with a top player.
Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with the 21-year-old, who has spent the season on loan at Forest from Middlesbrough and could be expensive £20 million. The added incentive from Spurs could encourage them to step up their interest and propel the duo of Premier League rivals to signing.
Spence could fit right into Conte’s first-team plans in north London with Emerson Royal faltering at right-back. Having racked up two goals and four assists in the Championship this season, he could find himself playing Champions League football soon enough if Spurs start and secure fourth place.
Their hopes of doing so were dashed on Wednesday night when Arsenal picked up an impressive 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham must wait for a trip to Brentford on Saturday to mount their response.