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Tottenham: Conte makes specific De Vrij request

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Antonio Conte has urged Tottenham chiefs to sign centre-back Stefan De Vrij in January, according to journalist Paolo Paganini, relayed by Sports Witness.

The Lowdown: De Vrij keen on move

Reports last month suggested that the Inter Milan defender is aware of interest from Spurs and has asked English friends for more information on Tottenham and what London life is like.

Sources claimed that the 29-year-old, labelled as a ‘monster’ by former Lazio defender Mauricio, is keen on a move to N17.

He worked under Conte at Inter Milan and was an ever-present figure in the 2020/21 Serie A triumph, and it seems as if a reunion could well be on the cards.

The Latest: Update emerges

Sports Witness relayed claims from journalist Paganini in a story on Thursday.

Paganini revealed that Inter Milan aren’t prioritising extending De Vrij’s contract at this moment in time, with the Dutch international having 18 months remaining on his deal.

He then added that an exit could be on the cards, with Conte making a ‘specific request’ for his services.

The Verdict: Smart move

Conte has just five senior centre-backs on the books at this moment in time, with Joe Rodon linked with a January exit in recent days.

Should that materialise, then Conte could definitely do with bringing another body in, especially as he likes to use three central defenders. Left-back Ben Davies has been used as one of those three on a regular basis since Conte arrived, so bringing in an experienced defender like De Vrij could be a smart move.

He’s been dribbled past on just 0.2 occasions per 90 in Serie A this season, fewer than any Spurs centre-back, showing that De Vrij would add some solidarity to Tottenham’s backline.

In other news: Conte now wants Spurs and Paratici to pip rivals in race for dream January signing. 

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