Report: Conte wants six summer signings but Spurs face tricky homegrown balancing act

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The Telegraph have revealed that Antonio Conte wants to make six new signings during the summer transfer window.

The report reveals the Spurs head coach has made it clear that the squad needs to be strengthened significantly to compete both domestically and in Europe.

The Italian allegedly wants to add a centre-back, a right wing-back, two midfielders, a forward and a reserve goalkeeper to the squad.

It is explained, however, that Spurs have to be mindful of their foreign player quota and might need to do the majority of their shopping in the domestic market.

This is because clubs are allowed to name just 17 foreign players in their European squads, with Spurs facing an added complication.

Eric Dier, Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon and Ben Davies will take up a place on the overseas list in the European squad, as opposed to the Premier League where they are considered homegrown.

That means Tottenham’s current first-team squad has 16 players who would count as foreign in European competition, discounting Bryan Gil, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, who are out on loan.

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Replacing Gollini with Johnstone would help towards fulfilling the homegrown criteria and the same will be true if we replace Emerson Royal with the likes of Djed Spence or Tariq Lamptey.

One would also expect the likes of Rodon, Sanchez and Bergwijn to leave, which will free up more foreign player spots. So, the homegrown issue is not as big a problem as it might seem.

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