Transfer window will not solve Tottenham's 'situation', Antonio Conte says
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Tottenham have reportedly received a boost in their pursuit of Wolves’ Adama Traore due to some proposed transfer activity at Ajax. Traore, 25, continues to be linked with a move elsewhere after impressing at Wolves.
The Spain international is said to be Antonio Conte’s top transfer target this window as the Spurs boss looks to bolster his squad this month in order to push for a top four finish.
And according to The Times, they could be helped out by Ajax, who could trigger a transfer domino effect which would see Traore join Spurs as a result.
The report says that if Ajax sell David Neres in the current window, then that would enable them to sign outcast Steven Bergwijn.
This would then allow Traore to move to north London and become Conte’s first signing at Spurs.
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The same outlet says Spurs rejected Ajax’s initial loan offer for Berwijn, while The Sun claims a recent £15million offer from the Dutch giants has been rejected.
Spurs paid PSV Eindhoven £25m for the Dutchman two years ago and will be hoping to recoup as much of that fee as possible.
After a bright start at Spurs, the 24-year-old’s time in north London has been hampered by both form and fitness.
Speculation surrounding his future has clearly not helped Traore, who has failed to register a goal or an assist since May.
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Traore – who has been capped eight times by Spain – has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season.
Should Traore join Spurs, then he is likely to be used in a wing-back role in Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 system.
Meanwhile, Spurs will be looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg against Chelsea on Tuesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Conte’s side come into the game off the back of a nervy 3-1 win against League One Morecambe in the third round of the FA Cup.
The minnows took the lead in the contest and it took almost 75 minutes for a much-changed Spurs side to break down the Morecambe backline.
Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane were all on the scoresheet, while Spurs are now set to play host to Brighton in the fourth round early next month.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, Conte said: “I think for a big part of the game, we struggled,” Conte said on N17 Live.
“In this type of game, you have to score, because if you don’t score, you can find during the game a block of players trying to defend the result.
“Then, it can happen through a set piece to concede a goal. That happened today. We can do much better.
“The target is okay, because we tried to give a chance to the players who didn’t play so much in the last period, at the same time, to give a bit of rest to players like Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, who have played a lot in this period.
“At the end, we reached this target, and that’s important. For sure, we have to analyse the game and to keep the positives and try to improve the negatives.”
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