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Adama Traore joins from Wolves, plus Newcastle target Diego Carlos and Manchester United ace in revamped Tottenham line-up as Antonio Conte makes transfer plea

Adama Traore joins from Wolves, plus Newcastle target Diego Carlos and Manchester United ace in revamped Tottenham line-up as Antonio Conte makes transfer plea

Many can argue that Antonio Conte has worked wonders since being appointed by Tottenham, but the Italian is calling for the board to back him in the January transfer window.

With time running out to complete deals, the club need to act quick in order to continue their pursuit for a top four finish and success in the FA Cup, and can do so by adding two names to the squad.

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Conte has been superb for Spurs since being appointed, but wants some signings

The club’s change in fortune under Conte was epitomised in their last-gasp dramatic victory against Leicester City last time out, in which two stoppage time goals from Steven Bergwijn sealed an unlikely victory.

However, the Italian isn’t completely satisfied with what is at his disposal, and has given his assessment of the squad to chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici, including which positions he wants to strengthen and which players he wants to leave.

talkSPORT understands that a move for Wolves winger Adama Traore is edging closer, and a departure for club record signing Tanguy Ndombele is highly likely as the player is keen on the move to PSG.

Conte did not want to give much away in his pre match press conference against Chelsea, but did say he hopes his needs are met this month.

Conte is a brilliant manager who has shown in the past that he can improve players

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Conte is a brilliant manager who has shown in the past that he can improve players

“Honestly, I prefer to speak about this topic always with the club,” he said.

“For sure, I made evaluations about the squad but I have spoken with the club and I hope the club will listen to me.”

Given his track record at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus, the club would be foolish not to back Conte as he aims to become the first Spurs manager since 2008 to win a trophy.

Having been heavily linked to Traore, talkSPORT.com takes a look at who else the club could sign before the Jan 31 deadline.

Spurs have made Traore their top target and a deal for the winger could be a case of when and not if it happens

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Spurs have made Traore their top target and a deal for the winger could be a case of when and not if it happens

Adama Traore (Wolves)

Given his raw pace, superb dribbling and Premier League experience, a deal for Traore makes a great deal of sense for Spurs.

Whilst he has predominantly been used as a winger for Wolves, he has been used as a right wing-back in the past, and interestingly, it is where Conte plans on using him.

Having just signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona who was substituted off at half-time against the Foxes for Matt Doherty, who has also failed to impress, Conte clearly feels the Brazilian isn’t up to his standards and could benefit from extra competition for his spot.

A £15million offer for the Spaniard was already rejected and it is understood that a bid of £20m will be enough to make Traore the first signing under Conte.

Traore scored his first goal of the season last weekend against Southampton

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Traore scored his first goal of the season last weekend against Southampton

Diego Carlos (Sevilla)

The 28-year-old centre-back had been extremely close to joining Newcastle only for the club to be priced out by Sevilla.

With the Toon Army being dealt with a blow in their pursuit for Carlos, Spurs have been given a boost.

Several reports have stated that the Lilywhites are set to rival Newcastle for Carlos, and given that he is seemingly keen on departing Spain, a deal could be highly likely.

Carlos was expected to be the next man in at Newcastle but could instead be moving to London to sign for Spurs

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Carlos was expected to be the next man in at Newcastle but could instead be moving to London to sign for Spurs

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

The 29-year-old will almost certainly be leaving Old Trafford, having been frustrated with game time since returning from his loan spell at West Ham.

The Irons have been linked for sometime now over securing a permanent deal for Lingard, but are facing serious competition for his services.

Spurs are also keen on him and have made contact with Lingard’s representatives over a potential move to north London.

Whilst unlikely, the club are keen on bringing him now but talkSPORT understands that a deal for Lingard is likelier to happen in the summer.

Whilst Lingard would love to rejoin the Irons, a move to Tottenham under Conte could prove to be too irresistible to refuse

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Whilst Lingard would love to rejoin the Irons, a move to Tottenham under Conte could prove to be too irresistible to refuse

Franck Kessie (AC Milan)

Similarly to Lingard, the Ivory Coast centre-midfielder is out of contract with the Serie A giants and is keen on a new adventure.

Many clubs across Europe are keen on Kessie which include Premier League rivals, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

With that said, a move for Kessie could be on the cards now as the club want to avoid a battle for his signature with the other clubs in the summer.

Given his age as well (25), the AC Milan player would represent a brilliant piece of business with his best years still ahead of him.

Kessie would be an excellent midfield addition for any Premier League side and Conte reportedly wants him now

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Kessie would be an excellent midfield addition for any Premier League side and Conte reportedly wants him now

With all that said, this is how Spurs could line up after the end of the transfer window…

How Spurs could line up under Conte with their new signings

How Spurs could line up under Conte with their new signings



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