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Tottenham target finally up for sale as Postecoglou preserves interest in forward-thinking £13m defender

Leonardo Spinazzola and Wilfried Singo

Roma and Torino wing-backs Leonardo Spinazzola and Wilfried Singo

Links between Tottenham Hotspur and Wilfried Singo date back two years, but it seems the Torino right-back remains a concrete target in north London.

As Tuttosport acknowledges on Monday, Singo is up for sale by Torino this summer. He has opted against renewing his contract with the club, which is now into its final year. Therefore, the Serie A side are ready to cash in on him.

Tottenham, as stated, are long-term admirers of Singo. As a wing-back, he would have been an ideal target for Antonio Conte to sign. Now, though, he supposedly remains of interest for the Ange Postecoglou era.

According to Tuttosport, Tottenham could offer Singo a new challenge in the Premier League. However, they face competition from Serie A giants such as Inter, AC Milan and Roma.

For any of them to sign Singo, they will have to meet Torino’s asking price. In an ideal world, his current employers would be seeking around €15m (almost £13m) for his transfer.

However, his suitors are now confident of striking a compromise closer to €12m (over £10m).

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It could be a good investment by Tottenham, given that Singo still has plenty of potential at the age of 22. That said, they bought another right-back as recently as January in the shape of Pedro Porro.

Emerson Royal also remains at their disposal, despite yet being able to convince, while Djed Spence – another player on whom the jury is out – is due back from a loan spell with Rennes.

Where would Singo get the most opportunities?

Perhaps some of Singo’s suitors in Serie A might have a more pressing need for the Ivory Coast international. For example, Inter decided against keeping Raoul Bellanova after his loan spell from Cagliari; coincidentally, Torino have now signed him as a ready-made replacement for Singo.

Roma, meanwhile, are aiming to wrap up a double deal with Leeds United, which would include their acquisition of Rasmus Kristensen for the right-back role. Therefore, they may be in a similar boat to Tottenham in terms of being well stocked enough.

Likewise, AC Milan already have Davide Calabria and Alessandro Florenzi at right-back.

Therefore, Singo will have to be careful when choosing his next club. He has proven over his 108 appearances for Torino that he is a talented player, but he will have to find somewhere he can keep playing fairly regularly in order to continue his development.

Depending on what the future holds for Emerson and Spence at Tottenham, there could yet be a chance for him in north London. But there is also the risk that such a ship has sailed for the time being.