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Who Could Antonio Conte Be Looking To Move Out Of The Tottenham Exit This Month?

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Left furious to have seen Sunday’s north London derby getting postponed almost 24 hours prior to kick-off, it is fair to say that Antonio Conte hasn’t been impressed by his new squad’s recent displays.

Hit with a 1-0 loss at home against London rivals Chelsea last week and eventually crashing out of the EFL Cup thanks to a 3-0 aggregate defeat, Spurs appear in a real uphill battle to claim a Champions League return this season.

With Conte remaining coy over what his future could hold, many have also been surprised to see the 52-year-old not add any new additions to his side since the transfer window reopened.

With under a fortnight left until the January window slams shut, we have taken a look at a handful of Tottenham stars who could still be heading for the north London exit.

Tanguy Ndombele

Coming under real scrutiny after a nightmare display in Tottenham’s hard-fought 3-1 FA Cup victory against Morecambe earlier in the month, it is no secret that many Spurs fans feel Tanguy Ndombele has played his final game for the Lilywhites.

Really failing to live up to the club-record £53.8million that Daniel Levy paid in July 2019, the 25-year-old was completely omitted from Conte’s squad for their 1-0 EFL Cup defeat against Chelsea last week.

With Spurs reportedly making it clear that they are looking to move the former Lyon midfielder on this month, Football London also suggested over the weekend that Ndombele is now training away from the rest of Tottenham’s first-team stars.

Suffering a public falling out with former boss Jose Mourinho last season, The Daily Mail are reporting that Italian outfit Napoli are keen on agreeing a deal for the seven-cap France international.

Steven Bergwijn

Making his Premier League debut with a goal against Manchester City after completing a £27million move from PSV, Tottenham fans were initially excited by what Steven Bergwijn had to offer.

However, failing to hold down a regular first-team place under either Conte or Mourinho, all signs are pointing towards the 24-year-old already ending his north London stay after just a 12-month stay in the capital.

Dealing with injury issues this season and yet to start a single Premier League matchup so far this season, the 16-cap Dutch international has is reportedly keen to kickstart his career somewhere else.

Looking to draw a line under what has become an English nightmare for the one-time Barcelona target, Sky Sports announced last week that Ajax still believe that they can strike a deal after seeing their initial £15million offer get rejected by Spurs.

Dele Alli

Almost universally tipped to have been the blossoming face of English football when he burst onto the scene as a sensational teenager, few would have expected the collapse of Dele Alli over recent years.

Another big name like Ndombele who came under real criticism for his display against League One outfit Morecambe earlier in the month, the one-time MK Dons starlet almost finds his career in limbo.

Mustering just a handful of Premier League starts since Conte’s arrival in north London, Sky Sports reported last week that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for the 25-year-old on both a loan and permanent basis.

Heavily linked with a potential loan switch to French giants PSG 12 months ago, the likes of relegation strugglers have now been touted as a possible destination for the fading English star over the next fortnight.

Giovani Lo Celso

Not making a single Premier League start since Nuno Espírito Santo’s final game in charge following that 3-0 defeat at home against Manchester United back on October 30th, Giovani Lo Celso is another Tottenham star who could be on his way out.

Dealing with injury issues this season and failing to impress since Conte took charge in the capital, it had been widely reported since the January window opened that Spurs have put the 25-year-old up for sale.

Making it clear that he is seeking regular first-team action with a World Cup on the horizon, the Argentinian midfielder the former Real Betis man could already be on his way back to Spain over the coming weeks.

In fact, Spanish publication Fichajes reported over the weekend that Atletico Madrid are keen on striking a deal and believe that a fee in the region of €32million would be enough to get secure his signature.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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