Tottenham bid to sign Pedro Porro complicated by Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty

Tottenham bid to sign Pedro Porro complicated by Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty

Tottenham’s hopes of signing a new right wing-back are being complicated because Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are both happy at the club.

Spurs are keen on Sporting's Pedro Porro, who has a €45million release clause, but having three senior right wing-backs would leave head coach Antonio Conte with a squad management issue.

Emerson has attracted interested from European clubs but has made it clear that he wants to stay in the Premier League, and specifically London.

The Brazilian has not started a Premier League game for Spurs since the World Cup, with Matt Doherty starting ahead of him against Brentford, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Emerson, who joined Spurs from Barcelona for £25.8m in 2021, has been the target of criticism from supporters for his performances.

Young wing-back Djed Spence is attracting loan interest from clubs in the Premier League and Bayer Leverkusen but remains focussed on fighting for a place at Spurs for now.

Spence joined Spurs in a deal worth up to £20m last summer but has made just six substitute appearances this season in all competitions.