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Expert reveals Conte winter target; names Tottenham player to be sacrificed for incoming stars

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Trusted transfer expert Fabrizio Romano feels Tottenham may look to sell winger Steven Bergwijn this month in order to fund deals for at least two players.

The winter window is now open and clubs are looking at ways to strengthen for the second half of the season. Spurs sit sixth in the top-flight standings and need reinforcements to continue their quest for a top-four berth. They beat Watford on Saturday and are now just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Manager Antonio Conte hinted at January arrivals ahead of the Hornets clash.

He said: “After only two weeks I said we needed to improve the quality of this squad. For sure we need to.

“I was sure after seven to 10 days about this and then I had to make the evaluation over who I can count on and who I can’t.

“The gap is very large and we need to work a lot and try to build and improve our squad.”

The north Londoners have been linked with many players. The latest is Atletico Madrid’s France striker Antoine Griezmann.

Spurs are expected to target a right-wing-back, left-sided centre-back and a striker in January, per football.london. But it seems as they will need to sell as well as buy.

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Romano has now had his say on the matter. And the Italian feels Netherlands international Bergwijn may be vulnerable to an exit, with Ajax also linked.

“In the Premier League, an important January is expected for Tottenham,” he told Skrill. “Definitive decisions have not yet been made, but Steven Bergwijn could be sold and the idea is to buy at least two new players.”

Lo Celso to join Bergwijn in winter ‘exit’

Conte has already had an effect on Spurs fortunes despite having to work with the players he inherited. But he will look to shape his squad during the next couple of windows.

That means players will be jettisoned and Giovani Lo Celso is said to be on the radar of Juventus. Reports in Italy suggest the playmaker might join Juve as part of a swap deal for Dejan Kulusevski.

And he is said to be  ‘pleased’ after an initial approach from the Old Lady. The 25-year-old has been at the north London outfit since August 2019 and made 80 appearances.

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The Argentine is on his way back from injury. But, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp blocking his route to the first team, a move away may be preferable.

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