‘Will be in the market’ – Sky reporter makes transfer prediction about Tottenham

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Following Antonio Conte’s recent admission about Tottenham needing to sign replacements for those who potentially leave, Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth has suggested that the North London club could look to sign a young attacker to replace Bryan Gil.

Gil has been an unused substitute in all three of Tottenham’s Premier League games so far this season before missing yesterday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

Reports from Spain over the last week have indicated that the 21-year-old is now close to returning to Valencia on a season-long loan on the back of his spell at the Mestalla during the second half of last season (Mundo Deportivo – 23/08/22 as relayed by Sport Witness).

Cadena SER reported earlier this week that the Spain international is even prepared to give up wages of around €1m (£848,000) to seal a return to Los Che before the transfer window closes.

Fabrizio Romano subsequently revealed on Thursday that Spurs are expected to give Gil the green light to fly to Valencia once they secure a replacement. 

Sheth has questioned if the former Sevilla star would be worth replacing with a big-name attacker since he is a fairway down Conte’s pecking order.

The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I think Tottenham will be in the market to try and do a deal. I think Antonio Conte has been public in saying that he would bring in somebody if a member of his first-team squad left. 

“The Bryan Gil one is an interesting one, only because he was on the cusp of that first-team squad. I think he’s been impressed with Bryan Gil and what he did during pre-season and he’s been involved in a couple of the squads so far this season. 

“But he’s basically a fringe player in that squad just now. So, whether he would bring in somebody who would replace Bryan Gil and walk straight into the first team, that’s questionable. It might just be to replace Bryan Gil, maybe with a young player potentially.”

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Sheth’s point is a fair one as it would not make sense to spend big money on an attacker to replace Gil, who is essentially the sixth choice in Conte’s pecking order as far as the forwards are concerned.

Going by Sheth’s revelation that the Spaniard has impressed Conte in training, perhaps Tottenham would be exploring a loan signing of their own to provide cover for just one season before Gil returns to the club in 12 months.

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