Tottenham Hotspur

Sven Botman added to Tottenham's list of centre-back targets

Tom Gott
Botman will be on Spurs' radar
Botman will be on Spurs' radar / BSR Agency/GettyImages
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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte hopes to strengthen at centre-back in the summer and has looked at a number of possible recruits, one of which is Lille's Sven Botman.

Botman was heavily pursued by both Newcastle United and AC Milan in January but ended up staying in France, although he recently confessed that he would still be interested in a move to St James' Park when the campaign comes to a close.

Newcastle are expected to reignite their interest in the Dutchman if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League, but The Telegraph believe they will face competition from Tottenham.

Conte and Spurs director Fabio Paratici are looking for a young centre-back to increase the competition for minutes at the back. The boss has regularly used his preferred three-man defence but believes he does not have enough depth.

Cristian Romero has been injured for the majority of Conte's reign but is one of the boss' preferred starters, while Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have both seen plenty of minutes. Behind them, however, there are concerns over the long-term futures of Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon.

Spurs hope to make one blockbuster signing at the back in the summer and have their eyes on Botman, while Inter's Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol are both high on Conte's wish list as well.

Of the trio, Conte knows Bastoni best. He put a lot of faith in the 22-year-old as Inter won the Serie A title last season, turning him from a squad player into a permanent starter and reaping the rewards.

There is also expected to be a move for Blackburn's 16-year-old Ashley Phillips, who has earned rave reviews this season, but he would be one for the academy instead of the first team.

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