Danny Rose is close to finalising a surprise move to Genoa with his Tottenham nightmare on the brink of coming to an end.
The PA news agency understands the left-back is primed to join the Serie A side. At this stage it is unclear whether the move to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is on loan or permanent.
Rose has a year left on his deal at Spurs and he is not thought to be in Jose Mourinho’s long-term plans.
Genoa finished fourth from bottom of Serie A last season, four points above the relegation zone.
Serie A rivals Cagliari had been linked with a move for the 29-cap England international. But is it Rolando Maran’s side who appear to have won the race.
Rose has little future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He has been training with the club’s under-23s ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
He spent the second half of last term on loan at Newcastle, making 13 appearances. But he has not played for Spurs since their 1-0 defeat at home to Liverpool in January.
The former Leeds trainee was also filmed having a heated chat with Mourinho in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series.
He questioned why others were being picked ahead of him and wanted to train at home.
Rose said to Mourinho: “How I’m being treated… I was very excited when you came as manager but if you don’t want me to play, I’d rather you just told me now and I’ll stay at home, gaffer. I’ll train at home.
“I play once every four weeks, do you want me to be man of the match and give my best performance when I play one game every three or four weeks? The defence has kept two clean sheets. They play every game. It’s not fair.”
He has played 214 times for Tottenham after joining in 2007, scoring 10 goals.
Tottenham target three strikers
Tottenham, meanwhile, have identified three targets as they look to reinforce their attack, according to a report.
Harry Kane remains the only out-and-out centre-forward in Tottenham’s squad, with Mourinho well aware of how they might struggle without him.
Son Heung-Min has been able to fill in up front on occasion, but Tottenham are now looking for a more natural centre-forward to provide competition for Kane.
According to Football London, three options are on their radar. Spurs’ shortlist comprises of Patson Daka, Habib Diallo and Arkadiusz Milik.