Report: Spurs eye Italian international to replace Christian Eriksen

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Dom Le Roy

According to a report by the Daily Express, Tottenham have reignited their interest in Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo and will attempt to sign him in the January transfer window.

The report claims that Zaniolo has been on Tottenham’s radar for a while but the club decided against bidding for him in the summer.

The 20-year-old has made an impressive start to the season, having scored five times in all competitions so far for the Serie A outfit (transfermarkt.com).

While it was thought that Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking could be the end of Tottenham’s pursuit of Zaniolo, new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is said to have given the move a green light as he is a fan of the Italian international.

It is claimed that Mourinho wants the club to bring the Roma midfielder in as a replacement for Christian Eriksen, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of the current campaign.

Spurs are said to be facing competition from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan for the young midfielder’s signature.

Zaniolo recently refused to rule out a future move to the Premier League, he told the Daily Express: “Interest from England? It would be easy to say ‘Yes, why not’, but it wouldn’t be me,”

“I tell you the truth, I recently kissed the Roma shirt and I want to kiss it anytime I score a goal.

“I’m very happy, Roma have given me so much confidence, now I’ll repay it on the pitch. I’m proud to represent these fans, I feel very good here.”

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While it is not a surprise to see the Zaniolo links resurface, we have a fair few attacking midfield options already in the form of Alli, Lo Celso, and Lamela, even if Eriksen decides to leave. So I believe the club will be better of prioritising other areas like full back which are in more urgent need of strengthening.

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