Tottenham News: Offer ‘planned’ for Leeds star Jack Harrison as alternative to Adama Traore | Soccer | sport

Tottenham are reportedly preparing a summer swoop for Leeds United player Jack Harrison. Spurs have been offered little to no certainty over their interest in loanee Barcelona player Adama Traore, which has left Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici scouring the market for alternatives.

Tottenham reportedly had an approach in January for Harrison slapped by Leeds, who needed everyone on deck to rally against the relegation threat. Conte finally bolstered his wide options with the initial loan signing of Swedish youngster Dejan Kulusevski who made a great first impression in north London.

The telegraph say Spurs are interested in trying again this summer after Paratici received a personal recommendation on Harrison from Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo. The pair played together at New York City FC and Harrison has the key attribute, so desirable to Conte, of being able to play on the wing or at fullback.

In this sense, he corresponds to a profile similar to that of Traoré. The explosive Spaniard was supposed to be top of Conte’s January wishlist but, while biding his time, Barca rushed in with a tempting loan offer which saw him leave Wolves until the end. end of the season.

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It is said that Spurs could still land Traore this summer if Barca refuse their £25 million Purchase option. Given La Blaugrana’s cash-strapped status, passing up the opportunity could be a real possibility unless Wolves shell out a similar fee to make Francisco Trincao’s transfer from Catalonia permanent after a lackluster loan spell. .

While Conte and co could be forgiven for holding on to hope, contingency plans still need to be put in place and Harrison seems to be doing the trick. The 25-year-old has proven himself to be a willing runner once again this campaign apart from scoring five league goals for the Whites.

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It remains to be seen whether Leeds would be receptive to an offer for Harrison in light of reports suggesting they might lose Raphinha in the same window. Barcelona boss Xavi is believed to be a big fan and despite his contract containing no release clause if they stay up, Paul Merson has advised the Brazilian to jump ship regardless.

Conte had a tough time in the January transfer window as Spurs held out until the deadline to introduce two new faces. Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur were the duo in question and, in light of their positive impacts, the Tottenham board could be more confident this summer.

Options at the back have always been crucial to Conte’s tactical setup. This could therefore be an area of ​​interest in a few months as Matt Doherty, Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal have generally failed to convince.

The success of Spurs’ transfer ventures could hinge on their bid in the Premier League’s top four. They currently have some catching up to do on local rivals Arsenal, but with Harry Kane in fine form and a relatively favorable run of fixtures in April, many have advised them to close the gap.

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