Italian publication Messaggero Veneto have revealed that Udinese centre-back Rodrigo Becao is reluctant to sign a new contract amidst interest from Tottenham.

Spurs’ interest in Becao first came to light last week when Tutto Udinese reported that the centre-back, whose current contract at the Dacia Arena runs until 2024, is one of the names on the North London club’s radar ahead of the January transfer window.

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The report asserted that the Brazilian refused to accept the new contract proposed by Udinese as he was not happy with the salary he was being offered.

Tottenham’s interest in Becao has now been backed up by Messaggero Veneto, with the publication adding that Antonio Conte’s men face competition from Inter Milan for the centre-back.

The report states that the 26-year-old is stalling on putting pen to paper on the contract offered by Udinese as he fears it could scupper his chances of joining Spurs or Inter.

The defender is also said to have received tempting offers to leave the Serie A club during the summer transfer window.

Messaggero Veneto add that Becao could sign a new deal with Udinese under the condition that the club agree to sell him for a fee of around  €15m-€20m (£12.9m-£17.3m) in the future.

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Becao may not be as glamorous a name as some of the other centre-backs linked with a move to Spurs but it is worth remembering that Conte’s priority in January is only likely to be a backup for Romero at right centre-back or Dier in the central role. The Brazilian would fit the bill and would be an upgrade over Davinson Sanchez.

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