Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League • England

Paratici presses forward in Tottenham pursuit of Serie A star mutually admired by Conte

Wilfried Singo battling with Mattia De Sciglio

Fabio Paratici has come forward for Tottenham Hotspur to sign Wilfried Singo from Torino, but still has some work to do, according to a report from Italy.

Tottenham appear to be one of the leading suitors for Singo, who is one of the most promising wing-backs in Serie A. He plays in a position that is fundamentally important to Antonio Conte’s system. Therefore, the Spurs boss may try to add him to his squad.

Singo is out of contract with Torino in 2023, but they have an option to extend his deal by a further year. That could buy them some time in their attempts to fend off the likes of Tottenham.

But the Serie A side should be bracing themselves for interest this summer anyway. And according to Tuttosport – which is based in Turin – Tottenham managing director Paratici has begun work on negotiations in recent days.

Singo plays on the right-hand side of defence, so would provide competition for Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal. Although both scored in Tottenham’s most recent game, he has the potential to be an upgrade on them.

Conte and Paratici are in agreement that Singo would be a positive signing for Tottenham. Therefore, they are now beginning to inform Torino of their plans.

But Tuttosport have revealed that the Italian outfit do not want to sell the Ivory Coast international yet. They still feel he can grow with them.

In turn, they may end up being able to gain a better transfer fee for him down the line. How far Tottenham are willing to go remains to be seen.

Atletico Madrid in for Emerson Royal as Tottenham flop looks for exit

Emerson Royal on his way out of Spurs as Atletico Madrid interest in cut price deal

For now, it seems to be at the stage of registering interest, rather than making a formal bid. But their plans for Singo are no secret, so there could be more developments over the summer.

Singo cementing importance to Torino

Singo has played 67 times for Torino across his career. From those appearances, he has contributed five goals and seven assists.

This season, there have been 30 appearances, three goals and four assists for the 21-year-old. He has been the most regular feature of a Torino side that have consolidated in mid-table after scraping survival last term.

Spurs, meanwhile, have also been aiming higher than where they were before since Conte took charge. After only finishing seventh last year, they now have a chance of getting back in the Champions League.

It would be a step up for their current squad – and an even greater one for Singo should he join – but it would only add to the enticing element of their project.

READ MOREAntonio Conte has £25m set aside for first piece of summer transfer business