New Roma boss Jose Mourinho is wasting no time in planning for his summer transfer business, with a quartet of Tottenham players now being linked with a switch to Rome.
The Portuguese was appointed as the Serie A club’s new coach on Tuesday, weeks after he was sacked by Tottenham. Reports from Italy have suggested that Mourinho has already handed over a shopping list to Roma’s sporting director Tiago Pinto – with players from England very much on his radar.
Indeed, a report on Wednesday claimed that Spurs duo Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were two names on Mourinho’s ‘wanted’ list.
But now a new report, from Corriere dello Sport, states that Mourinho has targeted two more Tottenham men. Centre-back Eric Dier and defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are the players in question.
Dier was a mainstay for Mourinho during his time in charge in north London. However, he did find himself out of the side in the final weeks of Mourinho’s reign.
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The England international is viewed as a low-cost option whose defensive playing style could thrive in Italy.
The 27-year-old has been at Spurs since 2014 and has made more than 200 appearances for the club.
There is a thought that he could be ready for a new challenge, having spent the first part of his playing career in Europe with Sporting Lisbon.
Mourinho wants Spurs enforcer
As for Hojbjerg, the Dane only arrived in London last summer after joining from Southampton.
After a difficult start, the 25-year-lold has been one of Tottenham’s better players in a disappointing campaign.
He was used as an enforcer by Mourinho and seen as a tone-setter in their defensive-minded game plan.
Roma are known to be in the hunt for a new midfielder, with Lorenzo Pellegrini being tipped to move on.
The Serie A side are also being tipped to make a move for veteran Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata.
As for moving for Tottenham players, Mourinho may have his work cut off trying to convince Daniel Levy to do business.
The Spurs chairman is a tough negotiator and will only part company with players he wants to leave.