‘What I am hearing’ – Rio Ferdinand reveals Conte’s attacking January transfer plan

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Rio Ferdinand has hinted Antonio Conte will look to target wingers to play at wing-back as opposed to full-backs in January. 

The Italian is set to embark on his first transfer window since becoming Spurs manager and has stressed his intention of meeting with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici to discuss potential acquisitions. 

Conte has worked well with what is currently at his disposal, attaining five wins and three draws from his first eight Premier League games which has lifted Spurs to within touching distance of the top four. 

Much of that has been down to a switch of system into a back three, with wing-backs Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon asked to drive the attacking play from the flanks. 

However, Conte has reiterated the need for improvement and has continued to press the club’s board for a strategy this January as he desires to strengthen areas around his squad. 

Former Premier League defender Ferdinand believes the ex-Inter Milan boss will make the wide areas a place to focus on and says he could bring in wingers to deploy at wing-back instead of dedicated full-backs. 

Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “I think he will go in the market for wide areas definitely.

“And I think he will be looking to buy wingers rather than full-backs to play wing-backs. That’s what I am hearing.”

Reports have since emerged claimed Spurs have been linked with Wolves winger Adama Traore, with the Spaniard likely to command a fee in the region of £20 million.

Spurs attempted to court Traore to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last summer, but were put off by what was an alleged £50 million asking price set by the West Midlands outfit.

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Conte has made it pretty clear to the club that the squad needs improving and January is a good time to start making changes. The players have started to grasp his system but if he feels the wide men aren’t quite cutting it, then Spurs need to look at options to fulfil that request. 

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