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 other jobs, and 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 impressive 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 Lilywhite’s tie with Mura, Conte didn’t sound too hopeful on his recovery time either, saying:

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

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

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    2 Manchester City 12 19 26
    3 Liverpool FC 12 24 25
    4 West Ham United 12 9 23
    5 Arsenal FC 12 -4 20
    6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 0 19
    7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
    8 Manchester United 12 -1 17
    9 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 17
    10 Crystal Palace 12 1 16
    11 Everton FC 12 -3 15
    12 Leicester City 12 -5 15
    13 Southampton FC 12 -3 14
    14 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
    15 Aston Villa 12 -4 13
    16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
    17 Leeds United 12 -8 11
    18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
    19 Norwich City 12 -20 8
    20 Newcastle United 12 -12 6
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    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
    Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
    Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
    Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
    Raphinha Leeds United 5
    Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
    Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 4
    James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
    Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
    Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
    King, Joshua Watford FC 4
    Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
    Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
    Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
    Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
    Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4
    Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4

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