AC Milan are set to revive their interest in Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga in the January transfer window, but reports from Italy suggest Antonio Conte will not sanction the move despite the player being on the peripheries of his squad.

Tanganga came through the youth system at Spurs to become a first-team player, but has struggled to really find a regular spot in the team over the last couple of years.

Japhet Tanganga

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He has just 44 appearances to his name (Transfermarkt) and at 23 years of age, would surely be wanting to be more involved at this stage.

The young defender has played just 17 minutes of football this season, coming on as a substitute in the Champions League game against Marseille in game week one (Transfermarkt).

During the summer, Tanganga was strongly linked with a loan move to AC Milan but an agreement couldn’t be reached on a potential future transfer fee (Alasdair Gold).

It appears those rumours have returned as we approach the January transfer window, but Tanganga may still miss out on a move to Italy according to CMW.

The Italian outlet reports that Conte will refuse Tanganga the move to AC Milan, due to the fact Spurs have drawn the Serie A side in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The report suggests Tanganga will indeed be granted a move away from North London, just not to AC Milan specifically. Instead, it’s expected Tanganga may have to look at interest from other Premier League clubs instead.

Spurs Web Opinion

I suspect interest in Tanganga will be high come January, particularly from Premier League clubs who may need to improve their homegrown quota, so he should have plenty of options if Milan is truly off the table. It will be a shame to see him leave if that does indeed happen, but he needs to play football, and we need to improve the quality of our squad.

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