Report: Conte has given green light for Spurs to sign 25-year-old defender

Antonio Conte
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According to Turkish publication Fanatik, Antonio Conte has given his approval for Tottenham Hotspur to pursue Fenerbahce centre-back Kim Min-jae.

Kim was rumoured to be on Spurs’ radar as far back as two years ago (90 min) but the centre-back ended up moving to Fenerbahce last summer.

The South Korean has enjoyed a solid first season in Turkish football and Fotospor reported ahead of the January transfer window that the Lilywhites had been impressed with the 25-year-old’s performances for the Super Lig giants.

Fanatik have now revealed that Spurs are one of the clubs to have sent scouts to Turkey to watch Kim in action and that the North London club liked what they saw.

It is explained the information relayed to Conte was that Kim would be a good fit for a three-man defence and the Italian gave the green light for the club to step up their pursuit of the centre-back. 

Napoli are also said to be keen on landing the Fenerbahce star while Everton have their eye on the player.

Fanatik claim Kim has a release clause of €23m (£19m) in his contract and that the Turkish club will not accept a lower offer.

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I suspect Spurs are looking at Kim as a potential cover for Eric Dier in the central sweeper role as the South Korean’s attributes make him a decent fit for that position.

If that is the case, the club probably expect Joe Rodon to push for a move this summer, which would not be surprising given his lack of game time. 

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