‘Growing optimism’ over Porro deal as Spurs boss Conte allows Spence loan with Prem trio keen

Jason Soutar
Reported Tottenham target Pedro Porro looks frustrated after a miss

Tottenham are ‘growing in optimism’ that they will be able to sign Pedro Porro from Sporting before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, according to reports.

The north Londoners have been chasing Porro all month but are believed to be stepping up their interest this week.

They held more talks with Sporting on Wednesday, with the Portuguese side adamant they want the player’s £40million release clause paid.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Sky Sports correspondent Dharmesh Sheth said: “Talks are ongoing on that one and Sporting still want the release clause.

“But the fact that talks are ongoing may suggest they might just relax that release clause or, at the very least, Tottenham could get to that release clause either by virtue of adding a player or the conditions of a structure of a deal getting them to that €45million release clause.”

The Guardian believe Tottenham are ‘close to signing’ Porro after completing a deal to bring in Arnaut Danjuma on loan.

The report adds that Spurs have tried to convince Sporting to sell for lower than his release clause by reducing their 40 per cent sell-on clause for Marcus Edwards.

Spurs have also tried to tempt the Portuguese giants into a sale by offering players in a part-exchange deal, but they are not keen.

Fabrizio Romano says Sporting are already eyeing up potential replacements for Porro following Wednesday’s meeting between the two clubs.

‘All parties feel it could be done soon’ with Spurs ‘growing in optimism’ and ‘hope to get it done’.

Spurs have already had a £32.5m bid for Porro rejected by Sporting.

Antonio Conte is very eager to improve in right-wing-back despite signing Djed Spence in the summer transfer window.

The Italian head coach has been using Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal this season, with Spence without a single start.

And with game time at a premium, Conte is reportedly willing to let Spence leave on loan this month.

Premier League trio Leicester City, Southampton, and Brentford are interested, according to the Daily Mail.

French side Lyon are also interested with Chelsea attempting to sign their first-choice right-back Malo Gusto.

After joining from Middlesbrough for around £10m, Spurs are only willing to let Spence leave on loan, and not on a permanent basis.

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