Antonio Conte was told during his pre-January transfer meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy that money to spend would be tighter during the current transfer window, according to Football.London.
The report suggests that as a result of the overall scale of the money outlaid during the summer window, together with the prospect of some of the loan options having to be paid.
The North Londoners were active during the summer market having spent in the region of £60million on Pape Matar Sarr, Bryan Gil and Emerson Royal while the club have the option to make two loan deals permanent.
Spurs raided Atalanta to bring Pierluigi Gollini back to England on loan and can make the deal permanent for £13m and later returned to the Serie A outfit to land Cristian Romero on a similar agreement, with a £42.5m fee to be paid should the Argentine seal a permanent transfer.
Tottenham have also lost in the region of £150million in revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with former boss Nuno Espirito Santo having been braced for a quieter winter window.
Conte has already stated his intention to add new faces to his squad this month, having come to the realisation within the first two weeks of being appointed as head coach that he needed reinforcements (Express).
Conducting business during the January transfer window is always a tricky prospect for clubs with some teams not prepared to lose key players halfway through a campaign.
Tottenham certainly need to balance the books and there will likely be outgoings during the month as well, even if they are loan deals to reduce the wage bill.
Tanguy Ndombele, Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty and Dele Alli could all be in contention to head out of the door if it means Conte can bring in some of his preferred targets.
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