Tottenham’s four transfer objectives leave Fabio Paratici with work to do before deadline
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With less than a week for clubs to wrap up their transfer business, Tottenham director Fabio Paratici reportedly still has a host of work to be done to boost Antonio Conte’s beleaguered squad.
Conte was lured to north London with the promise of funds to help transform Spurs’ underperforming squad but, so far, those funds have failed to materialise.
But the Italian has put pressure on Spurs chief Daniel Levy to back him in the final days of the transfer window following Sunday’s 2-0 derby defeat against Chelsea.
And according to The Athletic, time is now against Conte and Paratici as they attempt to overhaul Tottenham’s playing squad.
The report outlines that Spurs are aiming to wrap up four transfer objectives over the next six days – with Conte targeting three new players to boost Tottenham’s hopes of clinching a top-four finish.
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Unsurprisingly, the first thing on Paratici’s to-do list is sealing a deal for Adama Traore.
The Londoners have been persistently linked with the Wolves ace for the past few weeks but they still haven’t managed to come to terms on an agreement with their Premier League rivals.
However, there is optimism that a £25million deal is edging closer, with talks now reportedly at an advanced stage.
As well as snapping up Traore, who is expected to provide another option in the wing-back position, Conte is desperate to add a creative midfielder to his squad.
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This should come as no surprise given that Spurs are willing to offload Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and £55m club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
All three midfielders were left out of the squad for Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Conte is also keen to bolster his attacking ranks this month by signing a striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane.
Spurs have been credited with a long-term interest in Fiorentina hotshot Dusan Vlahovic, who has also been heavily linked with Tottenham’s north London rivals, Arsenal.
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But it now appears that Juventus have edged into pole position to snap up the Serbian prodigy.
As well as strengthening in those three key areas, Tottenham are also keen to offload a number of fringe players this month.
Defenders Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga could all be given the green light to leave the club on loan before the window shuts next Monday.
One player who has seemingly saved himself from being culled, for now, is Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn.
The 25-year-old, who arrived at the club back in January 2020, has been handed a reprieve after his dramatic double sparked stunning scenes in the last-gasp 3-2 win over Leicester last week.
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