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Report: Antonio Conte Wants To Make Former Player His First Spurs Signing

Report: Antonio Conte Wants To Make Former Player His First Spurs Signing

If we told you a week ago that Antonio Conte was already plotting his first transfer after recent being appointed at a Premier League club, you probably would have assumed that he was looking at how he could strengthen Manchester United in the January transfer window.

However, the Italian has instead ended up at Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs' sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo was a predictable one, but their appointment of Conte was less so. He had discussions about taking over in the summer but the club would not agree to his demands.

Those issue have seemingly now been sorted and you would imagine that transfer policy was central to that.

Spurs have a squad that is desperately in need of some fresh blood. While they have made a few signings over the last couple of seasons, few of them have set the world alight since their arrival.

The centre of defence is a particular area of concern, with their new manager having reportedly already identified one possible target.

Antonio Conte eyes Inter defender as first Spurs signing

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Calciomercato are reporting that Antonio Conte wants to make Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar his first signing at Spurs, a player he knows well from his recent spell in Italy.

Conte coached the Slovakian defender for two seasons while in charge at the San Siro, winning the Serie A title last season. The 26-year old made 32 league appearances in each of those campaigns.

Spurs have been linked with Skriniar in the past, submitting a bid of around £30million for the player in the summer of 2020. However, Inter were unwilling to lower their £50million asking price.

It remains to be seen how much they would be willing to take for him in the January window, with Inter's current financial issues well documented. Despite this, it appears Conte feels he can be the man to help ease Spurs' defensive issues.

We imagine it will be a busy window for Spurs as they attempt to give Antonio Conte the weapons he needs to reverse what has been a long recent slide for the club.

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Gary Connaughton
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