Spurs have the edge over West Ham in a £21m deal for rapid left-back Destiny Udogie after agreeing to a key condition.
West Ham manager David Moyes is reportedly keen to bring the young Italian to the London Stadium this summer according to a report from Football Italia.
But Tottenham Hotspur have been sparked into action by West Ham’s interest in Udogie.
The rapid left-back, who possesses brilliant crossing ability, would be a serious upgrade on West Ham’s ageing Aaron Cresswell.
At Spurs the 19-year-old would face competition from Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon.
West Ham have missed out on reported Moyes left-back target David Raum to RB Leipzig.
Left-sided star Filip Kostic – also a former Tottenham target – looks set to choose Juventus over West Ham, as reported by Hammers News via the reliable Alfredo Pedulla earlier this week.
So the Scot may well have been pinning his hopes on a deal for young Udinese star Udogie as the successor to Cresswell.
But Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is a problem it seems.
Spurs have the edge over West Ham in £21m deal for rapid left-back Destiny Udogie after agreeing to key condition
Because Spurs have the edge over West Ham in a £21m deal for rapid left-back Udogie after agreeing to a key condition.
According to The Times, Tottenham are now leading the race for Conte’s compatriot as they are willing to loan him straight back to Udinese for the season.
And they are closing on signing him ahead of reported interest from West Ham.
“Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing a deal to sign Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie,” The Times reports.
“The highly-rated 19-year-old is expected to cost around £21 million with the Serie A club requesting to take him back on loan for the season.
“Udogie has been tipped for a call-up to the senior Italy squad next month, having already played for the Under-21s, and would be Tottenham’s seventh signing this summer.
“Sources in Italy have suggested that an agreement has been reached and that the transfer is close to being completed.”
It is easy to see why West Ham and Spurs want the Italy Under 21 star.
In 35 Serie A appearances last season Udogie scored five goals and provided three assists at just 19 years of age.
He – like West Ham’s £35m striker signing Gianluca Scamacca – is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Italian football.
Spurs reason that signing him now, even if it means loaning him back, will secure a star of the future for a reasonable fee.
But West Ham need someone for the here and now, so it seems Moyes’ search for that all-important new left-back goes on.