Tottenham 'definitely looking' to sign 'creative playmaker' at Hotspur Way

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Tottenham Hotspur are ‘definitely looking’ to add another creative midfielder to their squad before the end of the transfer window, although a move for James Maddison may be too big an ask, according to Ryan Taylor of the Daily Express.

Antonio Conte has overseen a busy summer of business at Hotspur Way but could still add to his squad ahead of the September 1 deadline.

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Six new players have made their way to north London this summer and signed with Spurs including Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Djed Spence and Ivan Perisic.

With Champions League football returning to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium his season, Conte was no doubt eager to ensure he had the strength in depth needed to compete on all fronts.

But the Italian may not be done in the market just yet. It has previously been reported that he wants to add a new creative midfielder to his side with Leicester City ace Maddison an apparent target.

Newcastle United are also eager to sign the England international this summer and have already had two bids knocked back by the Foxes, who are demanding £60 million for his services.

Brendan Rodgers was quizzed on the futures of Maddison and Chelsea target Wesley Fofana last week and reiterated his desire to hang onto the duo, saying: “These players are not for sale. We need to move players out but it’s not getting rid of everyone and certainly not our best assets.”

Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo has also been linked with a move to Tottenham and it will be interesting to see what Spurs do in the closing stages of the window.

What has Taylor said on the transfer search?

Taylor understands that Tottenham are ‘definitely’ looking to sign a creative midfielder this summer in order to offer Conte greater versatility in his formation selection.

But the journalist believes that a move for Maddison could be too big an ask for the current window.

Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “I think they are definitely looking at a creative playmaker, someone who can play as a number 10. I’ve said this a lot this summer, but they would like a player that could allow Conte the freedom to change from a 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 with an attacking midfielder.

“Eriksen was obviously one of those, Lingard as well. But with Maddison, I feel like it’s pretty clear from the Leicester point of view it would take huge money, sort of a £60 million bid and even then, Leicester would probably look into a sale, but it’s still a risk for them to lose one of their most productive players.”

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Will Tottenham sign a new playmaker?

This summer appeared to see Spurs move for their top priorities in the market early, as problem positions such as in midfield and at full-back were addressed before the end of July.

While it does appear a new midfielder is on the agenda, it does not seem like a move they will push for unless they can land a top target this summer.

Close to £100 million has already been spent this summer and Conte will likely be happy with the business done so far too. If the right opportunity arises, the club may move. Otherwise, they will likely settle for what they already have.

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