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Tottenham: Paul Robinson reacts to Sofyan Amrabat interest

Tottenham: Paul Robinson reacts to Sofyan Amrabat interest -Premier League News

Tottenham Hotspur have received a warning from former shot-stopper Paul Robinson about signing Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

The Lowdown: Conte eyeing Amrabat

CalcioMercato detail that Antonio Conte specifically requested that Tottenham sign Amrabat in the summer, and he is still said to be keen, with journalist Hanif Ben Berkane claiming that the manager is ‘especially’ interested in the Morocco international.

With a move for the 26-year-old not transpiring in the last transfer window, Spurs are now set to face increased competition for his services, amid reported interest from the likes of Liverpool and Marseille.

The Latest: Robinson’s comments

Although Conte clearly holds the maestro in very high esteem, Robinson, now a pundit for Sky Sports, Astro and Bein Sports, remains unconvinced that he is a worthwhile signing for the Lilywhites, telling Football Insider:

“I’ve been impressed with Amrabat. He has been brilliant throughout the World Cup.

“There is always a few players who surprise and shine at major tournaments. It is difficult to sign a player off the back of a few performances in the World Cup though. It would be a risk if Spurs signed him.

“If Amrabat can continue this form when he returns to Italy then maybe it would be worthwhile trying to sign him next summer. I’m not sure you can make a signing off the back of three or four games.”

The Verdict: Worth it?

Robinson indicates that Tottenham would simply be signing the Moroccan because of his performances at the World Cup, but this is not the case, as Conte had an interest in him long before the tournament began.

It has been documented that Spurs would be required to pay at least £26m for the £30k-per-week earner, but if his performances in Qatar are anything to go by, that would be a very fair price.

Amrabat has featured in all five games for Morocco, putting in some very impressive displays, none more so than against Spain in the round of 16, a game in which he won seven of eight duels, dominating proceedings in the middle of the park.

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Journalist Joe Crann lauded the enforcer as ‘excellent‘ earlier in the tournament, while Ben Browning highlighted his importance in making his national side ‘so difficult to break down‘, a quality that would be highly desired at Tottenham, given that they have already shipped 21 goals in the Premier League this season.

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