Nottingham Forest are still interested in striking a deal for Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, despite Tottenham reportedly deciding to keep the player as the transfer deadline approaches.

Like many players on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s squad, Tanganga has faced an uncertain future in North London, with several clubs rumoured to be interested in securing his services this summer.

The young defender was most prominently linked with AC Milan (Football Insider), but a loan deal never materialised on that front. Serie A rivals Inter Milan (Gianluca Di Marzio) and AS Roma (CalcioMercato) are also believed to have considered Tanganga as an option.

More recently, interest has arisen closer to home. La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist, Luca Bianchin claimed Nottingham Forest had made an offer for a permanent transfer, but had not met Tottenham’s valuation for Tanganga.

Football.London reported on August 30 that Spurs had decided to block any move for Tanganga, due to concerns over the timing of any move so close to the end of the transfer window.

Now though, it appears Nottingham Forest have not yet given up hope. According to Charlie Eccleshare for The Athletic, the newly-promoted side still hold an interest in Tanganga.

“Nottingham Forest are still interested in making a move for Japhet Tanganga, but Spurs now want to keep him with the window so close to shutting,” Eccleshare wrote.

Nottingham Forest have now made 18 new signings this summer (The Athletic) as they attempt to compete in the top flight for the first time in 23 years, and by the sounds of it, they may not be finished yet.

Spurs Web Opinion

With no tangible links to any incomings at Spurs to cover defensive areas, it looks increasingly likely that Japhet Tanganga will stick around, at least until January. With his homegrown status and flexibility to play different positions at the back, he could prove to be a very useful member of the Spurs squad, too.

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