The latest on Tottenham’s pursuit of Pedro Porro

The Lilywhites are keen to tie up a deal for the fullback

Tottenham’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon defender Pedro Porro remains at an impasse, with the Lilywhites yet to make a breakthrough in negotiations according to recent reports.

It was thought that a deal was on the verge of completion with Tottenham having offered a deal around 45m euros across three installments, rather than paying his 45m euro release clause. It was described as a ‘matter of time’, with the deal to be officially sealed ‘by the end of the weekend’ to make Porro Tottenham’s second winter addition following the arrival of Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal.

But, as per the Athletic, a deal is further away than initially anticipated.

“Sporting remain in talks with Spurs over a deal for Porro but there has so far been no breakthrough in negotiations”, they report.

One complication is the Portuguese League Cup final, which takes place between Sporting and Benfica on Saturday evening, and which Sporting were thought to be keen to keep Porro for, while they have also been unsuccessful in identifying a replacement for the Spaniard yet after seeing their enquiry for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey rebuffed.

It remains to be seen whether negotiations continue to greater effect following the final, with Tottenham still looking for ways around paying the full release clause in one go for the player that they have chased all January as they look to hand Antonio Conte further additions in their bid to finish in the top 4.

They are expected to continue their recruitment beyond Porro too, with a midfielder also on their wishlist between now and Tuesday’s transfer deadline, though their pursuit of a centre-back is expected to be put on hold until the summer.

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Ben Browning

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