Tottenham 'ready to transform Traore's position with January move'

Tottenham ‘are plotting a fresh bid for Wolves star Adama Traore this month’… with boss Antonio Conte keen to replicate his success with Victor Moses ‘by turning the Spanish winger into a WING-BACK’

  • Tottenham are reportedly looking into a deal to sign Adama Traore this month
  • Wolves star Traore has been on the north London side’s radar for some time now 
  • Antonio Conte reportedly wants to transform Traore from a winger to wing-back
  • Conte had rich success at Chelsea when he revitalised Victor Moses in that role

Tottenham are reportedly pursuing Wolves ace Adama Traore as boss Antonio Conte is keen to transform the winger into a wing-back. 

At Chelsea, Conte had rich success in reviving the career of Victor Moses, who became a crucial piece in his Premier-League winning Blues side in 2016-17.

Now the Athletic are reporting that Conte and Tottenham’s technical director Fabio Paratici are keen to repeat the trick with 25-year-old Traore.   

Adama Traore is said to be back on Tottenham’s radar as they target reinforcements this month

Antonio Conte reportedly wants to transform the Wolves winger and turn him into a wing-back

Traore has been on Tottenham’s radar prior to Conte’s arrival in November and the north London side looked to tie up a deal last summer, before Wolves called it off. 

Under Conte’s predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo, Spurs were said to have agreed a loan deal in principle for Traore before that was called off and he remained in the Midlands. 

The report adds that the position of right wing-back is a priority for Conte and Spurs this summer as they look to elevate the quality at that position. 

Conte thrived at Chelsea in taking Victor Moses, then a winger, and coaching him at wing-back

Moses had rich success under Conte (left) and won the Premier League in 2016-17, as well as winning the FA Cup in 2018 (pictured right, at Wembley after beating Manchester United)

Emerson Royal is currently the No 1 option in that role and while Traore is not an orthodox wing-back, the view at Spurs is reportedly that the Spaniard can be re-trained to become a specialist at wing-back.

Conte thrived in moulding Moses at that position and his reliance on wing-backs makes it one of the most important positions in his back-three system.

On the left side Conte seems content with former Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon. 

Wolves find themselves in a delicate position with Traore having 18 months remaining on his current deal at Molineux. 

He has, so far, shown little appetite to commit to fresh terms and Wolves will know the longer the wait the lower the return will be on him.

Traore has 18 months remaining on his contract at Wolves and they are wary of value dropping

Traore’s market value is widely seen as £20million and that could work for both clubs in providing Spurs an affordable asset at wing-back while also giving Wolves boss Bruno Lage the tools to bolster his side.   

The Athletic go on to add that in a bid to sweeten any January deal, Tottenham are reportedly willing to let Matt Doherty, who they signed from Wolves in 2020, to form part of the player plus cash deal.  

After losing the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final to Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday, boss Conte pleaded for patience in his rebuild of the side.

‘Now we need to have patience and a lot of time and we will try to rebuild a good situation for Tottenham, now we are in the middle,’ he said.

‘We have to be prepared to struggle in every game, to try to get three points.’

Emerson Royal (right) is currently Conte’s first-choice option in the right wing-back position

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