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Source: Spurs hoping to persuade Conte next summer, not this winter
By Harry Hotspur -

Conte’s demeanour in his presser was decidedly off colour, in my view. A source close to the club understands that Tottenham is seeking to create a scenario whereby the Italian stays at Spurs long term, but challenges have to be faced. Lost revenues from the pandemic, combined with a drop in the form and the value of some players, has left Levy & Co., much to do.

Enquires for a good few players have been made, including for Dusan Vlahovic. However, the cold reality of the situation is that the winter market historically holds very few solutions. The club believes that many agents and players are currently testing the temperature of the water.

Conte’s report back to Spurs’ top brass wasn’t a particularly flattering one, but it would appear that the 52-year-old genuinely has a fair amount of faith in several first-team players…

Players need to shifted, and this month is unlikely to achieve that in a satisfactory manner. The gamble here, of course, is, that after so many probable months of struggle, Conte remains interested in continuing with us should the summer window be less than seminal…

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Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
4 months ago

Regarding Emerson Royal
 “Barca officials still can’t believe the amount they made on the full-back”

Well well well while Spurs fans were waiting for Tomi to arrive Paratici signed this joker.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
4 months ago

Yet another plum signed by our world famous clown recruitment team.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
4 months ago

United calling..

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
4 months ago

Players have needed to be shifted at Spurs in the last 4 seasons but little has happened. It appeared we were like Willy Wonka’s factory before his Golden Ticket marketing plan. Once you’re in-you’re not leaving!. A mass cull or exodus is rare at any club mainly because players who are not performing cannot get better deals than where they are at, so why would they leave London and a big fat wage packet to go anywhere else for less (probably a dilemma for the oompa loompas too) ? To get a better deal players need to be performing. If they were performing, a club would not want to get rid.

That stated, we still got rid of Sissoko. It certainly makes me laugh seeing him play for Watford, he was terrible and is maintaining that standard. If we can get rid of Sissoko we can do it with other players, therefore I expect Conte/Paratici to have had a few honest conversations with Ndombele/Dele/Doherty (the list goes on and on) and forced Loan deals to have happened. This appears to be the only genuine way of moving them on this month.

My concern is that we are nearly half way through the window and nothing has happened to nudge the saloon door either way. This suggests another fruitless window, which by the way was when Van Dijk, Bruno F and Aubamayang moved, so it is not an excuse not to buy a player. All 3 made immediate, positive contributions. Alas, the buying clubs paid top dollar, something Levy wouldn’t do when we had money!

We always seem to be playing catch up in the transfer market, but many teams do I suppose. 3 more players and we might get 4th, is something 6 clubs’ fans will be saying right now. 5 years ago these 3 players might have won us a cup. Now we are fighting for 4th again, but one thing is for sure, to get 4th Conte needs backing.

Levy pricing Kane out of a move has certainly backfired. We cannot rebuild and our prize asset is misfiring, ironically causing us not to be in 4th place. Kane is not playing poorly, just not scoring with his usual fluency. He is missing chances that were nailed on in previous seasons, the header against Morecambe is a prime example and there have been quite a few this season.

If Levy could offer Conte something this window it is an attacking midfielder, someone to ignite the middle third and transition in to attack. I wish I had some names, but they are either too expensive or not available. I didn’t expect much this season, but with 4th so close I can see this as another missed opportunity. I won’t be holding my breath to see if Isco is coming on deadline day.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
4 months ago

Conte will be plying his trade in sunnier climes come the summer. I think the penny’s dropped for Conte. I’m guessing his agent is busy paving the way to the exit door.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
4 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Well if he does go, Levy will have nowhere to hide. There could be a silver lining.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
4 months ago
Reply to  SimonSpur

Levy, like Boris Johnson takes the public for fools. He cares not one jot what fans think of him. He knows there will always be a large number who will bow to his alter whatever he does.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
4 months ago

“it would appear that the 52-year-old genuinely has a fair amount of faith in several first-team players…” That’s the problem, several is not enough. It needs to be at least 18.

Sandro
Sandro
4 months ago

The end of this summers transfer window will tell us what we need to know in terms of ENIC’s position and ambition. I won’t allow myself to get too depressed / excited until then.

Sid Trotter
Sid Trotter
4 months ago

Conte will be off to Utd in the summer. We’ll get Solksjaer

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
4 months ago
Reply to  Sid Trotter

The Norwegian P.E. teacher?! Probably about right for our squad.

Markp
Markp
4 months ago

Villa spending money on players, Newcastle too. Shame on any Spurs fan that spends money on or in that fishbowl. Hit em where it hurts! No more spending money until ENIC starts spending theirs!

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago
Reply to  Markp

That would be a start.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
4 months ago

‘This time next Summer Rodders’

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago

Ain’t that the truth. If Levy was put in charge of running a soup kitchen for the homeless he would introduce charges pegged at the same price as Nandos.

He knows his punters.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
4 months ago

Being less polite PT Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago

Levy cynically exploits the Spurs supporters collective expectations on a level that is incredible. I can’t think of one other English football club where ENIC’s operation could have been carried out so successfully.

expanding my earlier ‘soup kitchen’ analogy;

While City, Chelsea and United supporters dined at the Ritz;

Mike Ashley was eventually rumbled for feeding the Geordies a tin of smart price tomato soup, at a bingo hall, for over a decade.

Meanwhile; Levy has presented Spurs fans with a tin of Heinz Big Soup and a bread roll, at the Albert Hall, but still they don’t catch on in big enough numbers to make a difference?!

I don’t know what to say anymore. I kind of admire Levy now. In a sado masochistic way.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosher Kid

All this talk of food is making me peckish.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
4 months ago

…. we’ll be winning the Audi cup again!

England Mike
England Mike
4 months ago

Conte’s latest press conference has left the club’s hierarchy in no uncertain terms where he is on the way it conducts it’s business, and that is exactly what was needed from the man.
For although being an employee of the club he is looking at the situation from outside of the fence unlike those gutless long term employees who just toe the line with Levy.
I like most can only hope that the man’s words were not only listened to, but will be taken in and acted on in some capacity if not all, as I’d like to think Conte offered some critical advice amongst his deliberations with Levy and co.

Paddio
Paddio
4 months ago

Conte signed an 18onth deal, he knows he can ride that out if needed. If the summer transfer window is poor he will just wind up levy as levy loves a manager payoff

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
4 months ago

Miguel Delaney on 5Live last night said in regard to Spurs dealings in January that they have no money to spend.

He also said that the Traore deal would be a loan to buy as they can’t pay Wolves the money up front

Last edited 4 months ago by James McKevitt.
Park Lane
Park Lane
4 months ago

There are very few transfers fees that are paid up front, they are paid in annual installments over the course of a contract.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
4 months ago
Reply to  Park Lane

We’re not talking about a structured deal. We’re talking about a club that can’t even put a down payment down. It’s a loan.

BigStew
BigStew
4 months ago

To defer the £20m(ish) to spend elsewhere, maybe?
OR another journalist not quite as in the know as he thinks he is, maybe?

joshthenosh
joshthenosh
4 months ago

In response to your statement can you seriously see Conte coming into Spurs with no money to improve the squad

Miquel Delaney is talking Bo11ox

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago
Reply to  joshthenosh

Conte may have taken the job until the end of the season for a huge payment and bonus to help Levy out of the mess he made for himself with Nuno. I will believe it when I see it. Levy and ENIC have treated all Spurs supporters like idiots since they arrived. They have got away with it too. Supporters wishful thinking has kept this ship sailing for 20 years.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosher Kid

It’s sad the level of gullibility among fans. You see it on other blogs with their pathetic wish lists of players, Vlahovic, Kessie, , Lautaro Martinez, Skriniar.

The other give away is the líne , Well Conte must have been promised money or he wouldn’t have come.

Last edited 4 months ago by James McKevitt.
Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago

I reckon Kessie is possible for no other reason than he will be free in the summer. In other words; If N’dombele can be bullied out of the door, and his wages removed / subsidised, then the awful deal that brought him here in the first place could be salvaged.

Kosher Kid
Kosher Kid
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosher Kid

The other give away is the líne , Well Conte must have been promised money or he wouldn’t have come.”

There has always been the ‘caveat’ attached to Conte’s Spurs appointment that he ‘may throw a hissy fit and walk’, it will end in tears etc.

It’s been there from day one. If it is more smoke and mirrors from ENIC / Levy then Conte walking away, just before the start of next season, after season tickets have been renewed, just before the transfer window closes, would be ideal for the script.

ENIC would be left ‘high and dry’ with only Ryan Mason to fall back on.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
4 months ago
Reply to  joshthenosh

Yes I can. Let’s see if Traore is a loan to buy or an outright transfer.

Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
4 months ago
Reply to  joshthenosh

I agree
plenty of money found to pay off ex managers

Legoverlass
Legoverlass
4 months ago

So yet another season written off with the only aspiration a possible WAFA cup spot. Will Conte stick around next summer after he has seen the reality of the situation this season and no doubt suffered many more defeats on the way? There is a possibility that Man Utd will come knocking by all accounts. Perhaps this was the plan all along and why Conte joined on a short term contract. I still think Levy yearns for the promised land of a Pooch return and the continuance of the “ I am berry appy with the squad” narrative.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
4 months ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

More likely that if Poch returns he’ll start banging on about the dodgy secondhand furniture in Levy’s palace than being “berry happy”.

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