Conte hints at changes for Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Morecambe
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Tottenham are hesitant to sign Brighton starlet Tariq Lamptey because of his price tag as they continue their reported pursuit of Wolves winger Adama Traore. Antonio Conte has entered his first transfer window as Spurs boss and is expected to make a couple of additions to his squad.
The Italian has enjoyed success in his short spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Conte is unbeaten in his first eight Premier League matches and has seen Spurs into the semi-final of the EFL Cup – although suffered a 2-0 first-leg defeat versus Chelsea.
It is a major turnaround from the poor form under his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs are now sixth and are just two points off fourth-placed Arsenal as they seek a late Champions League surge.
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However, that has not stopped Conte earmarking potential signings. The 52-year-old has made clear that he wants to complete business this month.
Wing-backs, centre-backs and forwards have been widely linked with Spurs, with Brighton’s Lamptey one of the names Express Sport understands to be of interest.
We understand £50million-rated Lamptey is of interest to both Spurs and north London rivals Arsenal.
But Spurs consider the 21-year-old to be too pricey, according to journalist Dean Jones. Managing director of football Fabio Paratici will instead crack on with his pursuit of Wolves ace Traore.
Conte is widely understood to feel that he can turn Traore into a wing-back in the same way he modified Victor Moses’ game when he was head coach at Chelsea.
The former Inter Milan boss has said that there is a lot of business to be done by Spurs this month.
However, he does not believe that the transfer market can resolve all their issues.
“Honestly, I also want to be very clear because if we think, with the transfer window in January, we solve the situation [then] I’m telling you a lie, not the truth,” Conte said on Friday.
“There is a lot of jobs to do. If someone thinks the transfer market can solve the situation… First of all, in January it’s very difficult to buy. Very, very difficult.
“Then you have to see if there’s the possibility to buy players that you need.
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“I think we have to continue to work hard in the way we’re doing and continue to improve the level of our players.
“Then if there is some opportunities and the club is convinced by these opportunities to improve the team… But I repeat, I don’t see in the transfer window the resolution of our problems.
“The resolution of our problems now is to work and improve all many aspects of our squad. I repeat there is a lot of job to do.
“If you think if you buy one or two players and you solve the situation, you are not right.”
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