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Tottenham are willing to let as many as four players leave the club in January, according to reports. The winter window will be Antonio Conte’s first chance to start making adjustments to the squad he inherited from Nuno Espirito Santo at the beginning of November.
The Italian has already emphasised his desire to improve the players at his disposal.
And nobody can deny he has done exactly that since taking over in north London with Spurs now in touch with the top-four providing they win their games in hand.
But ultimately, a number of players within the squad are now facing uncertain futures under Conte’s leadership.
The former Chelsea boss wants to win trophies at Tottenham and in order to achieve that, he will need to add more quality to the squad.
For that to happen, Spurs will need to shift some of the fringe players within the first-team fold this January.
According to The Evening Standard, Conte would be willing to offload Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli.
Doherty has rarely featured under his new manager although he did start the midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final triumph over West Ham.
The former Wolves right-back has failed to excel since embarking on his fresh challenge last summer after struggling to adapt to life at Tottenham.
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Meanwhile, Rodon could be heading to Newcastle, who are keen on taking the Welshman on loan for the rest of the campaign.
With Eddie Howe’s side currently leaking goals, Rodon could be one of two centre-halves to arrive there this winter.
Rodon could still have a future at Spurs but his lack of game time would suggest he is not part of Conte’s plans.
The same could be said of Bergwijn, although he did find the target on his return to the starting line-up in midweek.
Ajax are thought to be keen on bringing him back to Holland and as things stand, Bergwijn still has work to do to force his way into Tottenham’s starting XI in the Premier League.
Finally, Alli could also be off despite recently returning to the side against Liverpool.
The attacking midfielder is desperate to start enjoying his football again after two difficult campaigns that saw him lose his love for the game.
Alli has been linked with various clubs but it appears he would prefer to stay at Spurs and fight for his place.
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