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Tottenham set sights on January move for Manchester United outcast

Tottenham set sights on January move for Manchester United outcast

Spurs look for defensive reinforcements

Antonio Conte’s arrival brings with it a change to a back three, as the Italian has used in every one of his jobs to date, and one that Chelsea fans will no doubt be very familiar with.

For Tottenham, this brings with it problems. Although Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal are both well equipped to play as wing-backs, and there is plenty of cover in midfield, centre-back is a serious issue.

As it stands, only Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero can be considered senior centre-back options, although Japhet Tanganga is a promising alternative, too, having impressed at right-back and centre-back.

Romero, while solid thus far, has suffered through injuries in a rocky start to his Spurs career, which has seen him already work under two different managers. Speaking ahead of the Lilywhites’ upcoming meeting with Mura, Conte didn’t sound too hopeful regarding his recovery either, saying:

“About Cristian Romero, we’re waiting for another scan. Honestly, I think his injury is serious,”

“We have to wait. I don’t know now the time he needs to recovery. Surely his injury is more serious than Giovani Lo Celso or Dane Scarlett.

“We have to wait for the next scan and then the doctor can give more information on the dates for his recovery,” he added.

So, now down to three centre-backs for the three spots, it is clear that reinforcements are needed.

Spurs target Manchester United outcast

Step forward, Eric Bailly.

As per Duncan Castles, and relayed via the Manchester Evening news, the Manchester United and Ivory coast centre back is “an option” for Spurs, as Conte looks for two new central defenders in the January transfer window.

Eric Bailly

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Eric Bailly of Manchester United looks dejected in defeat after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Bailly finds himself fourth choice in Manchester at present, and behind the formidable (on paper) partnership of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, meaning that he could be open to such a move. Whether United would be willing to sanction it, however, is another matter, with Varane’s injury issues thus far this season causing concern.

Would this move be one that would help Spurs return to European football?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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3 Manchester City 12 19 26
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5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
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7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
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18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
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Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
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Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
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