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Spurs “actively working” to sign Pedro Porro

One key area of concern for Tottenham Hotspur is on the right side of the defence, with the Lilywhites still seemingly seeking a long-term fit in that wing-back berth.

In truth, the north Londoners have been unable to truly replace former star Kieran Trippier since the Englishman’s exit back in the summer of 2019, with the 32-year-old having notably been part of the side that reached the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino.

The one-time Burnley ace had proven himself a truly consistent performer during his time in the capital, having chipped in with 25 goal involvements in 114 games from his defensive berth in that impressive four-year stay.

Since the Bury-born gem’s £20m departure to Atletico Madrid just over three years ago, Spurs have struggled to truly settle on a reliable option at right-back, with neither Emerson Royal nor Matt Doherty having particularly impressed of late.

Current boss Antonio Conte had stated earlier this season that he hadn’t been regularly selecting Doherty as he didn’t “want to lose“, while Emerson has been branded a “disaster” by talkSPORT pundit, Jamie O’Hara.

With summer signing Djed Spence having also been a bystander to proceedings this term – with only six substitute appearances to his name – the need for a new right-sided defender has no doubt been laid bare.

As such, Tottenham could find the Trippier heir they’ve been craving in the form of Sporting Lisbon star, Pedro Porro, with those at N17 said to be keen on signing the Spaniard this month, according to The Athletic.

Although there is said to be a reluctance to meet the 23-year-old’s €45m (£40m) release clause, journalist Fabrizio Romano – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – has revealed that Conte and co are very much interested in sealing a move.

The transfer guru stated: “For Pedro Porro, Tottenham are the club leading the race. For Chelsea, we have many links, but at the moment I’m told that the club who are actively working to sign Pedro Porro is Tottenham.”

The former Manchester City asset – who failed to make a single appearance at the Etihad – has been in sparkling form in Portugal of late, proving himself capable of matching – or even bettering – Trippier’s creative quality as he already has ten assists to his name in just 22 appearances so far this term.

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The “special talent“, as lauded by writer Zach Lowy, is clearly a menacing threat in the final third as he ranks in the top 1% for touches in the attacking penalty area among those in his position, as per FBref, as well as the top 8% for dribbles completed.

Such attacking prowess has also ensured that Porro averages 4.53 shot-creating actions per game to illustrate his knack for consistently making things happen from the flanks, with that figure no doubt similar to that of Trippier, who averages 4.14 for that same metric as a result of his standout form at high-flying Newcastle United.

With the right flank having seemingly been a problem area for Spurs since somewhat foolishly deciding to allow the latter man to move on, Porro could represent Conte’s perfect solution.