Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is reportedly looking to make Eric Bailly his first signing since joining the club.
The Italian manager knows the task well for the Spurs after their embarrassing 2-1 defeat to the Slovenian minnows NS Mura – the lowest ranked side in the Europa Conference League.
Conte wants significant investment to ensure the team can qualify for next season’s Champions League, and upgrades in defense are seen as a priority.
Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in picking up Eric Bailly in the January window
Conte will have defensive additions as he bets on getting Tottenham back on the table
Now it has been reported on the Transfer Window Podcast, according to Metro, that Ivory Coast center-back Bailly could be a player that Tottenham could look for in the January transfer window.
It is said that upgrading Spurs’ current options in central defense is considered a priority by Conte
Bailly is out of favor at Manchester United, despite the Red Devils leaking goals for fun in recent humiliating defeats to Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford.
The 27-year-old has been frustrated by his situation at Old Trafford, and it was reported that he ‘openly challenged’ former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær to choose Harry Maguire in front of him – despite the United captain’s lack of fitness.
Bailly is out of favor with United, who have only made one Premier League appearance this season
He questioned former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær about the Norwegian’s decision to play an unsuitable Harry Maguire in front of him
Since joining from Villarreal for £ 30 million in 2016, Bailly has played 109 games for the club, although he has been plagued by injuries.
This season, however, he has mostly been an unused substitute, and he has only made three appearances in all tournaments.
His only Premier League start came in the 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, where he was replaced at the break.
Conte has not been in the Tottenham job for long and replaced Nuno Espirito Santo earlier this month.
Tottenham have already made a signing at the center-back position ahead of this season, with the arrival of Cristian Romero from Atalanta.
The Spurs have had a poor start to the season and have lost five of their first 12 games and are in seventh place in the league.
After the defeat to NS Mura on Thursday, Conte said: ‘I have to be honest and tell you that after three and a half weeks I am starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that the situation is not simple.
Tottenham suffered an embarrassing defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura on Thursday
Conte knows the big task at Tottenham, which has had a bad start to the season
‘It’s not easy, because at the moment the level at Tottenham is definitely not that high.
‘There is an important gap for the top teams in England. We should not be afraid of that. I’m here to work, here to improve the situation.
‘I know at this moment we need patience, time, and I’m here because I know there are problems to be solved.
– After three and a half weeks, I’m happy to stay here, but at the same time I have to be honest and tell you that we have to work hard to improve the quality of the squad. We are Tottenham and Tottenham at the moment, there is an important gap.
‘If anyone thinks a new coach is coming and Conte won earlier, then I’m a magician. But the only magic I can do is work. To bring work and work to improve, to bring my methods, my ideas about football. But we must understand that we need time.
‘I would like to be honest that we have to work hard to improve the situation. We need time and patience. I do not know what will happen in the future, but I am here because I am happy to stay here to work for Tottenham. ‘