Euro Paper Talk: Conte to get one over Arteta as sneaky Tottenham raid for defensive colossus takes shape; Leeds chasing Brazilian with £87m exit clause

Paulo Otavio challenging Evan Ndicka Credit: Alamy
Paulo Otavio challenging Evan Ndicka Credit: Alamy

Tottenham look set to beat out competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Newcastle to sign a highly-rated Bundesliga centre-back, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk has an update on Leeds’ chase for a Brazilian forward with an £87million exit clause.

SPURS LEAD THE WAY IN NDICKA CHASE

Tottenham have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue to snap up Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan Ndicka ahead of Premier League rivals.

Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle have all been linked with the France Under-21 international, who played a major role in Eintracht’s Europa League success last season.

The defender has already made 23 appearances this season, with his club currently fourth in the Bundesliga. They are also through to the Champions League last 16 and will face Napoli.

Tottenham know all about Ndicka having faced him twice in the group stage of this season’s competition.

And the fact his contract runs out next summer makes him an attractive option for a number of clubs.

Romagiallorossa.it claims that Roma also have have Ndicka on their wanted list, along with West Ham target Jakub Kiwior.

Ndicka keen on Premier League move

However, the player himself is said to favour a switch to the Premier League. And the report adds that Spurs are very much in the mix to snap him up.

The fact that Ndicka has already played at the north London club’s impressive stadium could also be an advantage to a Spurs side that are also in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

At this stage, it’s unclear whether Antonio Conte will look to complete a bargain deal in January or wait until the summer for a free transfer.

However, if Tottenham do win the race for Ndicka it will mean them getting one over on north London rivals Arsenal.

LEEDS STILL KEEN ON BRAZILIAN HOTSHOT

Leeds United have done ‘due diligence’ and scouted Flamengo striker Pedro – even before Jesse Marsch’s arrival. And they are still keen on trying to strike a deal for a player who has an £87m release clause. (CBS Sports)

Juventus are taking a strong look at RB Leipzig centre-back Josko Gvardiol, who continues to be a major target for both Tottenham and Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Aston Villa are keen to sign AS Roma striker Tammy Abraham. (Calciomercato)

Inter have told Tottenham they will need to paid €30m (£36m) to land Netherlands international Denzel Dumfries. (Football Italia)

Barcelona sporting director of football Jordi Cruyff says they have been tracking Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus. (Fabrizio Romano)

Poland international centre-back Jakub Kiwior is being tracked by West Ham United. (Mundo Deportivo)

MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are interested in Weston McKennie but not willing to break the bank for the Juventus star in January. (La Repubblica)

Weston McKennie, Theo Hernandez, Juventus, AC Milan, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Weston McKennie, Theo Hernandez, Juventus, AC Milan, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

The agent of Franck Kessie, who moved from AC Milan to Barcelona in July, has ruled out a potential return to Italy amid reports of Inter Milan making a bid. (Calciomercato)

Inter Milan are facing competition from Bayern Munich for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram. (Calciomercato)

Torino are ‘at work’ trying to convince West Ham to lower their demands for Nikola Vlasic so they can sign him on a permanent basis. (Torino Granata)

Flamengo are set to continue discussions with Marseille as they look to sign midfielder Gerson. (Le10 Sport)

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