Spanish talent explains reason behind Tottenham rejection as Antonio Conte eyes striker move

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Your Tottenham morning summary on Thursday 13 January.

Cole delivers Gollini’s verdict

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has slammed Pierluigi Gollini for his performance in the 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Gollini conceded in the 18th minute to Blues defender Antonio Rudiger, who scored from a Mason Mount corner.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Cole said: “You talk about homework and Antonio Rudiger is always the one in corners and set pieces. But, he’s not even looking at the ball there.

“You look at this picture and think it’s a goalkeeping mistake. But it happens.”

Pau Torres explains Spurs rejection

One name Spurs were aiming for during the summer transfer window was Villarreal’s much-loved centre-back Pau Torres.

The Spaniard is just 24 but was a regular in Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 squad and is already valued at £45million by Transfermarkt, so expect speculation over his future are continuing.

But Torres has now revealed why he chose to stay where he was in the summer, saying the Yellow Submarine meant too much to him to leave so hastily.

“This summer he (Fernando Roig) called my representative and told me that there was a big offer from Tottenham, that it was worth more than now (current salary),” he said via Football Spain.

“But as I play in my city team, which not many players do, I decided to stay where I am happy.”

Antonio Conte provides transfer update

The January transfer window is now well underway, but Tottenham are yet to complete their squad as they seek a place in the top four.

Antonio Conte never hesitates in his transfer requests and it would be a surprise if this month was different. And in his latest press conference, the Italian stressed that he wants another striker to help ease the burden on Harry Kane.

“I think especially in this league, because the level is very high and you have to play a lot of games, if you want to have ambition, to be competitive, to fight for something important, you have to have 20 [outfield] players,” he said.

“Two players in each role. Of course as a manager it is very difficult to decide whether to keep Harry on the bench, but at the same time when you play like we did in the last period – six games in 17 days – every coach should have the opportunity to rotate and not drop the level too much.”

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