Tottenham eye up Prem duo as Conte ‘targets six summer signings’

According to reports, Antonio Conte plans to tell Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici that Tottenham Hotspur need six new players this summer.

Conte has been Tottenham’s manager since November. He replaced former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who only managed Spurs for 17 games.

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Tottenham’s fortunes have improved since Conte took charge. They currently sit fourth in the Premier League table with six games to go.

Spurs brought in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentanctur in January. Both have hit the ground running under Conte.

The Telegraph are reporting that Conte will inform the club’s hierarchy that he needs six new players this summer.

It is stated that they face a ‘homegrown player balancing act’. They could have a ‘depleted squad Europe next season if Levy and Paratici set their sights on the overseas transfer market’.

The report adds that Spurs are ‘considering a move’ for Christian Eriksen. His contract at Brentford is due to expire in June. Leicester City star Youri Tielemans is noted as a target.

Torino duo Gleison Bremer and Wilfried Singo, along with West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, are also mentioned as players Tottenham are looking at.

Elsewhere, Dion Dublin believes Tottenham centre-half Eric Dier “doesn’t have a defensive brain”.

Dier is a mainstay in the Tottenham defence having started 29 times in the Premier League this campaign.

He has made over 300 appearances for the north Londoners since joining from Sporting Lisbon for £4.5m in 2014.

Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Brighton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon after Leandro Trossard found the back of the net late on.

The Belgian winger skipped past Dier before finishing past Hugo Lloris to win it for the Seagulls.

And former Aston Villa and Coventry City striker Dublin has hinted that Dier’s “midfielder’s brain” cost Spurs the match due to his role in the winning goal.

“Dier doesn’t have a defensive brain,” said Dublin (via HITC). “He has a midfielder’s brain. That’s the way it is. He’s a midfield player, isn’t he?!

“(Lewis) Dunk, for instance, he just stands up and takes it wherever it needs to be taken. You take it in the face.

“As soon as you turn, that’s it. The goal is bigger. Then you can do whatever you want.

“If you stay big, then you can push right or you can push left. As soon as he puts his feet together, which is what he did, then he couldn’t do anything at all. It’s silly things you know as a defender, which come natural to you.”

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