Tottenham Hotspur are looking to add a forward along with a right wing-back this January with a central defender likely to be targetted in the summer.
Now with the January transfer window open, attention is seemingly being turned to the areas which the Italian feels Spurs need to improve on if they want to be playing Champions League football next season.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has been speaking about their immediate plans to reinforce Conte’s attacking options as well as provide him with a solution for their issues at right wing-back.
And looking further ahead into the summer window, Solhekol has claimed the Lilywhites will be looking into adding a centre-back with the Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie believed to be an option:
“Spurs in the market for a forward and a wing-back. Longer term, they want to bring in a left-sided central-defender as well. Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie is a player they’re looking at.”
Tottenham’s form since mid-October simply has not been good enough for a club who are looking to work their way into the Champions League on a consistent basis.
However, these comments from Solhekol would suggest that some improvements will be made over the January window but it will have to be seen as to what calibre of player Spurs potentially bring in.
It is believed there is an interest in Pedro Porro this month but Sky Sports have also suggested Spurs’ interest has cooled having found out Sporting CP’s price tag on the wing-back.
Conte has spoken of his content with his current crop of centre-backs, but the form over recent months would suggest it is this month which Spurs need to strengthen their defence.
There has been previous interest reported in Alessandro Bastoni with a move potentially to be explored again in the summer, but he seemed adamant to remain at Inter Milan last year.
So if Spurs are unlikely to land a player of Bastoni’s calibre in the summer, we do question as to why they would wait until then if they are potentially going to have to settle for someone slightly less desirable in Hincapie.