Tottenham: Daniel Levy 'will try and do early business' at Hotspur Way

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Tottenham will try and get their summer business done early, but they could also make signings on deadline day, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Antonio Conte has already asked for six players in order to compete in the Premier League and Europe, and O’Rourke failed to rule out the possibility of Daniel Levy waiting until the final hours of the window to deliver.

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Tottenham’s summer activity is likely to hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League or not. Conte’s presence is undoubtedly a major pull for incoming players but finishing in the top four should increase the Italian’s transfer budget and improve their chances of signing their targets.

According to the Telegraph, Conte is expected to tell Levy and Fabio Paratici that he wants a new goalkeeper, a centre-back, a right wing-back, two centre midfielders and an understudy to Harry Kane.

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Spurs have already been linked with a host of players ahead of the summer window reopening for business, which would suggest they’re hoping to get new faces through the door in time for pre-season.

But Tottenham’s only two January additions in Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski weren’t officially announced until the final day of the January window, and with Levy having a history of late deals, O’Rourke reckons that it could happen again in September.

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He told GIVEMESPORT: “With Daniel Levy feeling he gets the better part of the deal if he waits to the end, maybe the selling club might be reluctantly selling and at a lower price, so it’s a game of cat and mouse. I don’t think things will change drastically at Tottenham.

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“They will try and do their business early, but it’s not easy dealing with the selling club, but Daniel Levy loves a transfer deadline day deal, so I wouldn’t rule that out either.”

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Which players have Tottenham been linked with?

It’s still around three weeks until the summer window opens again for business, but it’s clear that Paratici already has targets in mind.

According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham are ‘increasingly confident’ of signing West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who’ll become a free agent once his Baggies deal expires and replace Pierluigi Gollini as Hugo Lloris’ backup.

Spurs have since been linked to a number of Premier League-based players, including Everton trio Ben Godfrey, Anthony Gordon and Richarlison, while midfield duo Youri Tielemans and Christian Eriksen are also on Paratici’s radar.

Meanwhile, with midfield such a key position in Conte’s system, especially with Harry Winks possibly departing, Tottenham are also said to be interested in Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.

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