Report: Spurs want to sign midfielder Conte is a ‘huge’ fan of in January instead of summer

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Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas and The Telegraph are now reporting that Tottenham wish to snap up AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie this month instead of waiting to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.

Kessie is now free to talk to non-Italian clubs as the midfielder is into the final six months of his contract at the San Siro (Transfermarkt).

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold said last month that he does not expect the club to swoop for the Ivorian in January, given the 25-year-old’s involvement in the African Cup of Nations and the fact that he could be available for free in the summer.

However, Thomas has now taken to social media to reveal that Spurs, who had previously discussed a summer move with Kessie, now wish to bring him to North London before the end of the month.

The journalist added that Antonio Conte is a ‘huge fan’ of the Milan star.

This information has also been backed by The Telegraph, who suggest that Tottenham’s main motivation to snap up Kessie this month is to avoid the increased competition that is expected for the midfielder in the summer.

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If Spurs can pull off a deal for Franck Kessie this month, that would be a fantastic coup for the club. There is no doubt that there will be a lot more competition for the 25-year-old in the summer if he is available on a free transfer.

However, I am not confident that we will be able to pull off a deal for Kessie before the January window closes. It is in the midfielder’s interest to wait until the summer for a transfer since he will be able to pocket a sizable signing-on fee and better wages.

Besides, Milan are right in the thick of a title race this season. So the Ivorian might not want to exit the club at the moment and give up the possibility of a winner’s medal. 

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