Tottenham closing in on £21m Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie

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Tottenham closing in on £21m Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie - AFP
Tottenham closing in on £21m Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie - AFP

Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing a deal to sign Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie.

The highly-rated 19-year-old is expected to cost around £21 million with the Serie A club requesting to take him back on loan for the season.

Udogie has been tipped for a call-up to the senior Italy squad next month, having already played for the Under-21s, and would be Tottenham’s seventh signing this summer.

Sources in Italy have suggested that an agreement has been reached and that the transfer is close to being completed.

If he arrives he will follow Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster as Spurs back manager Antonio Conte.

Although Spurs have told Sergio Reguilon he can leave this summer, and hope to move the Spaniard on, the arrival of Perisic means the 33-year-old Croatian will be first-choice at left wing-back. The club also have Ryan Sessegnon which means they may be prepared to allow Udogie to return to Udinese where he made his breakthrough season in the last campaign having joined from Hellas Verona.

In 35 league appearances last season Udogie scored five goals and provided three assists and is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Italian football. Spurs reason that signing him now, even if it means loaning him back, will secure a star of the future for a reasonable fee.

Spurs kick off their season on Saturday at home to Southampton – when they will be without the suspended Richarlison and with Bissouma a doubt having suffered a hamstring problem - with a growing sense of excitement that they might contest for silverware this season and could challenge Manchester City and Liverpool’s dominance at the top of the Premier League.

Signing Udogie might not be the end of Spurs’ spending with links to Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Conte dropped Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks from his squad at the start of season.

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