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Tottenham: The six players Antonio Conte is 'targeting' to lead Premier League title charge

Tottenham: The six players Antonio Conte is 'targeting' to lead Premier League title charge

Antonio Conte is said to be keen on six new players to overhaul his Tottenham squad and aim to challenge for the Premier League title next year.

In his first summer at the club, the Italian signed Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, Emerson Royal and Pape Matar Sarr, with Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski arriving in January.

But according to the Telegraph, he will inform chairman Daniel Levy and club chief Fabio Paratici that he wants six players to revamp the team and fulfil his ambitions of a title charge and trophies, rather than just aiming for Champions League football, in crunch talks at the end of the campaign – just 12 months before his contract ends.

Spurs are locked in a tense battle for fourth spot with bitter rivals Arsenal – with Conte’s side level on points but ahead on goal difference with six matches left this season – and Manchester United, three behind having played a game more.

Whether they qualify or not will dictate the extent to which the club can spend big, but Conte recognises the demands of playing in Europe, whether in the Champions League or Europa League, necessitates a bigger and deeper squad.

The parsimonious Levy may, however, be reluctant to empty the club’s coffers given the recent albeit successful signings of Romero, Bentancur and Kulusevski, and the big-money summer deals for Gil and Royal, neither of which have worked out.

Similarly, Spurs’ plans may be affected by UEFA rules on homegrown players, which could limit their ability to dip into the overseas transfer market, as have exclusively done in Conte’s first year in charge.

So below, Sportsmail looks at the six stars Conte is targeting – including former player Christian Eriksen, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips and Middlesbrough tyro Djed Spence – to reinvigorate Tottenham ahead of an attempted title tilt next season.

Antonio Conte (above) reportedly wants six new players as he targets a title charge next year

The Italian is set for a meeting with club chief Fabio Paratici (above) to outline his ambitions

The Italian is set for a meeting with club chief Fabio Paratici (above) to outline his ambitions

HOMEGROWN PLAYER RULES 

The unedifying exit from the Europa Conference League group stages meant UEFA’s rules limiting overseas players in the squad did not apply when signing Juventus duo Bentancur and Kulusevski in January.

That means Spurs currently have 16 players in their first-team squad who would count as ‘foreign’ in European competition, one below the limit of 17, but with Bryan Gil, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso set to return from loan it would be 19.

Even if Sam Johnstone replaces Pierluigi Gollini as backup goalkeeper and Gil, Ndombele and Lo Celso leave on loan or are sold, there are only two slots for new overseas signings, three if Welshman Joe Rodon leaves as expected.

Conte’s plans would, then, be affected and he may have to keep one of the few ‘club trained’ players in Harry Winks even if two midfielders arrive, and sell Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn to get in a backup forward.

Chairman Daniel Levy may be reluctant to empty the club's coffers - particularly if Spurs do not qualify for the Champions League and receive the riches qualification entails

Chairman Daniel Levy may be reluctant to…

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