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Report: Tottenham to bid for player Conte thinks is 'ideal' for him by end of month, ahead of Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Joao Palhinha at various points over the past year.

Now, Spurs are reportedly planning to steal a march on their competition by making a bid for him this month.

This is according to Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness.

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The outlet claims Antonio Conte wants to reinforce Tottenham’s midfield this summer.

Palhinha is apparently the ‘ideal element’ to improve that area in the Spurs team.

Although Jornal de Noticias doesn’t say how much Tottenham plan to bid, it claims they’re aware of his price tag.

The player’s valuation reportedly used to be around €60m (£50.5m) in January but has now dropped to €40m (£33.6m).

Spurs are apparently waiting on their final Premier League table position before swooping for Palhinha.

Champions League qualification would be ‘decisive’ to convince the player, added Jornal de Noticias.

Tottenham will reportedly have competition from several other clubs, including Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG (O Jogo).

Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are apparently also interested in Palhinha.

“A special player”

Admittedly, Palhinha has struggled at times this term amid injuries and loss of form.

Nonetheless, he’s a top talent who looks set for a big career move.

Palhinha has made 92 appearances for Sporting and has also won 12 caps for Portugal.

Fans have previously compared Palhinha, who stands a mighty 6ft 3in, to Nemanja Matic and Fabinho.

“The credit goes to Palhinha, who grew up this way,” Sporting boss Ruben Amorim said in 2021.

“I tell Palhinha many times that he is very good without the ball and with the ball.

“More than tactical (details), I get it into Palhinha’s head that he is a special player.”

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