Paratici goes big as tempting Tottenham transfer offer arrives for classy Champ midfielder
Tottenham are readying a surprise move to sign Keane Lewis-Potter from Hull – with reports claiming the offer will be difficult for the Championship side to turn down.
It’s been a hugely frustrating transfer window so far for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte. The Italian, looking to make his mark on the squad, is having to wheel and deal to bring in better quality players. However, with just five days remaining, Spurs director Fabio Paratici – in charge of transfers – is yet to strike gold.
As such, a report on Monday claims Conte is putting pressure on Tottenham to secure four signings before the window shuts.
And while that seems a touch ambitious, Conte admits Spurs lack the squad quality that many of their Premier League rivals do.
Strengthening the midfield looks to be an urgent need for Conte. He has seen an offer accepted for No 1 target Franck Kessie – only to see the midfielder near a move to Barcelona.
Spurs are also being linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha amid claims his price has dropped.
However, better news is on the way with reports claiming a deal for an AFCON enforcer is close to being finalised.
Six goals and three assists
And it seems Spurs won’t be stopping there either, with Lewis-Potter next on their radar.
The 20-year-old is enjoying an excellent season for the Tigers, despite their struggles at the wrong end of the table.
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The attacking midfielder has six goals and three assists this season. That’s a decent record for a young player operating in a side currently 19th.
Lewis-Potter has already been the subject of a failed £8m offer from Brentford.
But now, according to Hull Live, Spurs are readying a bigger bid, reportedly around the £14m mark.
West Ham – who snared Jarrod Bowen from the Tigers – are also keen on the player too.
Spurs to sign Lewis-Potter – with a catch
However, it seems Paractici’s offer to loan the player back to Hull for the remainder of the season will swing the deal their way.
Hull Live claims Spurs representatives were in attendance last week as Hull beat promotion hopefuls Blackburn 2-0.
Furthermore, they state the midfielder is keen not to miss the chance to secure a Premier League move.
However, at such a crucial juncture in the season, he does not want to abandon the Tigers.
As such, a cash deal now, with the loan back option, will prove an option that suits all parties.
New Tigers owner Acun Ilicali prefers not to sell Lewis-Potter. However, he will be powerless to stand in his way with the cash used to strengthen the Tigers.
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