According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Santo is wanting to raid his former club before this month’s transfer deadline…
Football Insider claim Spurs have opened preliminary talks to sign Wolves captain Conor Coady as the Portuguese coach looks to secure at least two senior central defenders this window.
It’s claimed that Nuno is pushing hard for the club to seal the 28-year-old star and that was originally discussed as a potential target before he was even appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor last month.
Spurs appear to be closing in on the signing of Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, whilst talks have also been held with versatile Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has been away on international duty at the Tokyo Olympics.
One thing that Coady does possess over Fabio Paratici’s other targets is Premier League experience and that could be crucial in turning around Spurs’ struggling backline.
The Lilywhites sanctioned the departure of Belgian veteran Toby Alderweireld last week, leaving Nuno with just three centre-backs, in which the inexperienced Joe Rodon is included.
His other two options, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier, are far from convincing after ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara dubbed them “one of the worst partnerships” in the English top-flight back in February.
Dier’s poor form throughout 2020/21 meant that he missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, whereas Conor Coady was called up – but did not feature at the tournament as England made the final.
The Merseyside-born colossus has the advantage of being a player that Nuno knows very well. Indeed, according to Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield, “He’s certainly a player Nuno likes.”
During an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, he added: “He was vital for Nuno at Wolves and if he wants to play the 3-4-3 we saw at Wolves so often, particularly in his first couple of years in charge, then there are few better than Conor Coady in that position in that central role.”
Across all three of his Premier League campaigns, Coady has never dropped below a passing accuracy of 84.3%, even when averaging at least 6.4 long balls per outing in each season too, via WhoScored.
Spurs have also suffered from a severe lack of leadership since Jan Vertonghen’s departure, a role that the Englishman has arguably failed to step up into despite the faith put in him by Mourinho and then interim boss Ryan Mason.
Valued at just €20m (£18m) by CIES Football Observatory and earning lowly wages around the £55k-per-week bracket, Paratici could reunite a very successful partnership in a bid to turn around Spurs’ fortunes.
The Wolves centre-back must be considered as a viable target before the end of the month.
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