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Report: Spurs leading race for 'extraordinary' playmaker; his club's now identified his replacement
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Report: Spurs leading race for 'extraordinary' playmaker; his club's now identified his replacement

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking to sign a new creative midfielder in the January transfer window.

And it looks as though Spurs have locked in on one particular player – Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskiy.

A few days ago, Sport Mediaset reported that Tottenham were in pole position for the Ukraine international.

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Now, Tuttoatalanta has claimed that La Dea have identified Malinovskiy’s replacement.

They are apparently eyeing Feyenoord and Poland ace Sebastian Szymanski.

This suggests that Atalanta have all-but accepted that Malinovskiy will be leaving in January.

Malinovskyi ticks many boxes for Tottenham – TBR View

Malinovskyi, a versatile and experienced set-piece expert, is a great shout for Tottenham.

The 29-year-old would also tick the new playmaker box, as this is his primary position at Atalanta.

That said, Conte could play him in a variety of positions, including up front and potentially at wing-back.

Reports have previously suggested that he would love to move to Tottenham, so it shouldn’t be hard to land him.

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Malinovskyi’s age experience in Serie A and Europe means he should – in theory – hit the ground running for Spurs.

And in terms of price tag, Calciomercato claim that the ‘extraordinary‘ tlaent will command a £25million fee.

Perhaps a little steep due to his age. However, if he can help push Spurs on in the Champions League and up the Premier League table, he’d have been worth every penny.

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