Tottenham reportedly believe that signing a highly-rated midfielder Antonio Conte is a big fan of will convince the Italian to extend his stay in north London.
Conte will be out of contract at the end of the current campaign and so far there have no signs that he is close to extending his contract with the club.
The Spurs chief wants to add to his squad in the January window, with several positions in need of bolstering.
One of the areas in need of a lift is the attacking midfield department, given that Tottenham allowed Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to leave on loan last summer.
Conte’s men have often been accused of lacking midfield creativity, with Leicester’s James Maddison also a top target.
However, it appears that the former Inter Milan chief wants to get Ajax playmaker Mohammed Kudus.
A report from Calciomercato claims that Conte is insisting on the capture of the Ghana international.
Kudus was already being viewed as one of the brightest young talents in the Dutch Eredivisie. However, his displays during the World Cup in Qatar have only added to the hype.
The Sun recently revealed that Tottenham, along with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, are in the hunt for 22-year-old.
However, any suitors have learned they will have to pay around £40million to convince Ajax to sell.
Signing could give Kudus to Tottenham in Conte hopes
As for Spurs’ pursuit, Calcio claims that it’s being driven by Conte himself. Indeed, the report adds that Tottenham are ‘ready to spoil the plans’ of both Juventus and AC Milan in their pursuit of the youngster.
It’s also hoped that pushing a deal through for Kudus will help convince Conte to stay put.
The talented midfielder also favours a switch to England over Italy or Spain. And that gives Conte and Spurs a significant chance of getting their man.
Kudus’ ability would certainly give Tottenham something they haven’t currently got in their engine room.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur provide a solid midfield base for Conte. However, there is no one to really connect midfield to attack, unless Harry Kane drops deeper.
If Spurs can land Kudus it will be one box ticked off for January, with a new centre-back and right wing-back also on the agenda.
Conte’s men are back in action on Boxing Day when they head to London rivals Brentford.