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Antonio Conte ‘insists’ on Tottenham signing Torino star Wilfried Singo to fill problem position

Wilfried Singo Torino

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is reportedly insisting that the club complete a deal for Torino defensive star Wilfried Singo this summer.

The 21-year-old, who is mainly used as a right wing-back by the Serie A club, has scored three goals and added four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions this season.

And a report from Tuttosport claims that Conte is impressed with what he has seen and ‘insists’ that sporting director Fabio Paratici snaps up the player.

The report adds that Paratici recently ‘asked for information directly’ with Torino chairman Urbano Cairo about the Ivory Coast international. However, Cairo is said to have completely rebuffed any idea of a transfer.

Tottenham did return with an actual offer though, said to be around £21million. However, Cairo stood firm and he insists Singo is ‘non-transferable’.

Tuttopsort adds that Torino manager Ivan Juric is also ‘betting strongly’ on Singo staying. He also states that he does ‘does not want to compromise’ over the player.

But with Conte pushing hard and Paratici already being knocked back twice, there is a chance a bigger bid could be on the horizon.

Conte needs new wing-backs

One of the major areas Conte is expected to upgrade this summer is both wing-back positions.

On the right side, Emerson Royal has improved as the season has gone on but can still be a liability at times. His back-up at the start of the season, Matt Doherty, has actually been one of the better players under Conte but injury ended his season recently.

There is still a feeling that Spurs will look to cash in on the Republic of Ireland man. Royal, meanwhile, could head back to Spain – if Tottenham land a quality replacement, such as Singo.

The left-hand side is also a problem, with Sergio Reguilon tipped to return to LaLiga. Ryan Sessegnon has often been preferred to the Spain international, who has a buy-back clause at Real Madrid.

A return to Madrid could be on, although it’s more likely to be Atletico that make a splash this summer.

Brighton star Marc Cucurella has been mooted as a replacement for Reguilon after his fine season down on the south coast.

So expect Conte to make changes in both positions over the summer.

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