Redknapp names first signing Conte must make at Spurs

Harry Redknapp claims Antonio Conte must make Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini his first signing as Spurs manager.

The Italian replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as the new Tottenham boss last week after guiding Inter Milan to the Scudetto last season in Italy.

Conte’s last job in England was at Chelsea where he won the Premier League and FA Cup in a two-season spell at Stamford Bridge.

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He has won one and drawn one of his opening two matches in charge of Spurs – beating Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League and being held 0-0 by Everton yesterday – and Redknapp reckons Conte should do everything in his power to bring Chiellini to north London in January.

“If I were Conte, the first thing I’d be doing is telling Daniel Levy there is another Italian who should be joining him in north London as soon as possible,” Redknapp told The Sun.

“Over the next few weeks, no doubt, we’ll see a list of the supposed big-name targets he wants when the transfer window opens.

“I doubt very much if 37-year-old Giorgio Chiellini will be on it but, for me, he’s the one man the new Spurs manager should move heaven and Earth to bring to London with him.

“I know they’d hardly be signing someone for the long term, but in terms of sorting them out immediately, there would be no one better.

“And we saw once again on Thursday against Vitesse Arnhem – hardly one of Europe’s big guns – how badly Spurs need someone to take command of that defence.

“I’ve said plenty of times that squad is packed with talent but what they really need is a leader, an organiser, a winner – and Chiellini ticks every one of those boxes.

“And as for his age? Well, he didn’t do too badly at the heart of that Italian defence in the Euros, did he? It’s not as though he’s finished, by any means.

“I love the guy, he’s a real character, and even if it’s only for a year, two at most, he could transform the place.”


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