Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Tottenham are expected to listen to offers for Emerson Royal as the club are in the market to sign a new right wing-back in January.

Multiple publications (90 min and The Athletic) have revealed over the last few weeks and months that Antonio Conte is prioritising an elite right wing-back in January.

Emerson Royal

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Pedro Porro appears to be Spurs’ top target for the position but reports over recent days have indicated that the North Londoners have their work cut out to sign the 23-year-old as Sporting are demanding that the player’s £40m release clause be met, which the Premier League club are unwilling to do (AS).

Gold has now also backed up Tottenham’s interest in Porro but the journalist added that there are ‘some concerns’ at the club over whether the Sporting star ‘physically meets the demands’ of a Conte wing-back.

He goes on to explain that Spurs would need to get rid of at least one of their three right wing-backs to bring another one through the door, stating that Emerson is the one that the Lilywhites are expected to put in the shop window.

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I do sometimes feel sorry for Emerson as he is nowhere near as bad as some Spurs fans seem to think. In fact, I believe that he has the qualities to be an excellent right-back in a back four.

However, he simply does not offer enough going forward to play as a wing-back and was thus never the right fit for Conte’s system. I would like to see Spence loaned out if Spurs sign Porro, particularly given the form that Doherty is showing.

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