Tottenham Hotspur have endured a really mixed start to the new season.
After missing out on a spot in the top four last time out the focus this term was always going to be on getting off to the best possible start in the league.
Unfortunately that hasn't happened.
After losing on the opening weekend of the season against Everton, Spurs secured a one-sided victory against Southampton in an emphatic win.
However at the weekend things went a bit sour when a controversial VAR call denied them a victory against Newcastle United.
Such a mixed start will be a bitter blow after some fine work in the transfer market.
Deals for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty were completed early in the summer, before a stunning double deal for Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid followed.
But if Tottenham are to improve then they may need further additions.
While a striker is seen as a key area to improve, the addition of a central defender is paramount to the club's success this term.
Plenty of players have been linked with a move, but none more than Milan Skriniar.
Reports from Football Insider have claimed that Spurs are putting together a formal offer for the Inter Milan star.
Skriniar is regarded as 'a long-time target' for Spurs who are keen to get a deal done before the international transfer window closes next Monday.
The defender has fallen down the pecking order at the San Siro and so could be available for a move as the Italian giants look to raise funds.
Valued at £45million by Transfermarkt, a deal is unlikely to be done on the cheap but with Spurs desperate for a leader at the back they may have little choice but to splash out.
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
It could be a very exciting week for Tottenham Hotspur fans.
It's already been an excellent summer transfer window but there's hopes that the club could really kick on in the final days.
A striker is a clear priority, but you could argue that the need for a central defender is even bigger.
Jose Mourinho is keen to solidify his team as they look to push towards the top end of the table, and Milan Skriniar would certainly help them to do that.
Whether a deal can be agreed is up for debate, however.
Skriniar is way down the pecking order under Antonio Conte but a deal will hinge on whether Spurs can meet the asking price of the Italian side.
If they can then this will be an excellent move.
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