How Tottenham could line up with Yves Bissouma and Djed Spence as new signings look to forge key partnership

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Antonio Conte could look to forge new partnerships between his incoming signings once Tottenham complete deals for Yves Bissouma and Djed Spence.

Brighton midfielder Bissouma is set for a medical this week after a £25million fee was agreed between the two clubs, ahead of the player signing a five-year contract.

Whereas Spence is in talks with Tottenham over a potential £20m switch from Middlesbrough.

For the young wing-back, Conte would have a straightforward job in slotting him in down the right flank, in competition with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal.

Dropping Bissouma into the side is also a seemingly simple task with the central midfielder comfortable marshalling a three-man defence having played in that system regularly with Brighton.

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The interesting question is whether Spurs will place the Malian on the right or left side of the double-pivot, given he will most likely be fighting Rodrigo Bentancur to play with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Both the Dane and Bissouma tended to play on the left side of central midfield last season, giving Conte a job in picking who to move over to the right.

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Either way, if Spence and fellow newboy Ivan Perisic are to become first-team regulars then a partnership will have to be struck up quickly between Bissouma and the new wing-backs.

Alternatively, he is comfortable playing in the middle of a three-man midfield with Conte on occasion switching Tottenham to a 3-5-2 formation.

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