Tottenham transfer news and rumours: Conte makes demand; Ndombele insight; January gossip

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Tottenham transfer news and rumours: Conte makes demand; Ndombele insight; January gossip
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Tottenham are right in the mix to sign Franck Kessie, according to reports in Italy.

The AC Milan midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has caught the eye of several teams across Europe with his displays for the Rossoneri and Ivory Coast.

New signings are high on Antonio Conte’s agenda with Sunday’s difficult day against Morecambe underlining the Italian’s need for bolstering his squad.

A new striker and right wing-back are said to be his priorities with Adama Traore, Tariq Lamptey, Dejan Kulusevski and Dusan Vlahovic of interest.

In terms of outgoings, a bid has landed for winger Steven Bergwijn while Tanguy Ndombele’s future is very much up in the air.

Here, we review the latest Spurs transfer news, rumours and gossip...

Antonio Conte’s demand

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(IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Conte is keen for Tottenham to FINALLY bring in an alternative to Harry Kane. Spurs have long struggled to find a suitable back-up to act as cover and competition but the Italian is eager to see that problem addressed.

“Especially in this League, because the level is very high and you have to play a lot of games, if you want to have ambition, to be competitive, to fight for something important, you have to have 20 players — two players in every role.

Tanguy Ndombele

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(Getty Images)

Fabio Paratici is keen to try and sell the Frenchman this month but finding a buyer might be difficult.

Given the player’s wages, finding a buyer will not be easy during a notoriously difficult January transfer window.

You can read Dan Kilpatrick’s latest here.

Franck Kessie

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Kessie is out of contract at AC Milan at the end of the season and, according to sources in Italy, Tottenham are in pole position to sign him.

Italian journalist Fabio Gatto has claimed Spurs have made Kessie a lucrative offer to tempt him into signing a pre-contract agreement on a four-year contract. ESPN have said Levy is ready to sanction the deal given there would be no transfer fee involved.

Sky Sport Italia claim that talks over a renewal with Milan collapsed after they made their final offer of £80,000-a-week. A package topping £130,000-a-week is desired by the player.

SportItalia name Spurs as the leading contenders with La Gazzetta dello Sport asserting that a better proposal from Milan will be considered by Kessie.

Adama Traore

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Tottenham had two offers rejected for Traore last summer and they could have an opportunity to sign him for a cut-price £20m this month.

The Telegraph report Wolves could consider offers for Traore to raise funds for new signings and that Spurs and West Ham are weighing up offers for the winger.

ESPN state that talks are underway between Spurs and Wolves over a £20m deal, with the North London club reportedly confident of their chances.

Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick reports that former Wolves man Matt Doherty could be offered to go the other way in a player-plus-cash deal.

Dean Henderson

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(The FA via Getty Images)

With Hugo Lloris out of contract at the end of the season, Tottenham could be in the market for a new goalkeeper.

Conte has said he is confident Lloris will stay but he is yet to agree a new deal and has been linked with a move back to France.

Henderson is desperate to leave Manchester United to get regular football ahead of the World Cup later this year and the Manchester Evening News says Spurs are monitoring his situation. Ajax are also said to be keen.

Steven Bergwijn

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Tottenham have rejected a £15million bid from Ajax for winger Bergwijn, according to The Times.

An improved bid is expected with the North London side seeking closer to £25m for the Dutchman, with Ajax also told an initial loan deal is not of interest.

The Amsterdam outfit may need to move on David Neres to raise funds for a permanent deal, with Spurs also keen on the sale to help their own January transfer kitty.

Tanguy Ndombele

Tariq Lamptey

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Arsenal are reportedly battling Tottenham for the Brighton star’s signature.

Conte’s 3-4-3 system suits the athletic right-back while Mikel Arteta is looking for competition with Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to The Sun.

Brighton are said to want as much as £50million for the youngster signed from Chelsea two years ago.

Dusan Vlahovic

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Dusan Vlahovic (Getty Images)

Tottenham are among a host of Premier League clubs battling to sign Vlahovic, who already has 16 Serie A goals to his name this season.

The 21-year-old Serbia striker is set to leave Fiorentina after telling to club he will not be extending his contract, and is set to be available for around £80million this month.

Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Arsenal have made an offer worth £58.3m has been tabled for the prolific Fiorentina striker. The Mail add that any deal will require a weekly wage of £300,000-a-week for the striker.

Dejan Kulusevski

Dejan Kulusevski (Getty Images)
Dejan Kulusevski (Getty Images)

Spurs and Arsenal are also in a battle to sign Kulusevski and have both held talks with the Juventus midfielder, according to Calciomercato.

Juventus want a fee in the region of £29m for Kulusevski, who is said to have rejected a move to Sevilla in the latest reports coming out of Italy.

But Conte and Paratici are said to be at odds over Kulusevski, with Calciomercato claiming Conte would prefer a move for his Juventus team-mate Weston McKennie. Newcastle are also rumoured to be considering a bid for the Swede.

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