Traore snubs Spurs due to Conte condition player was ‘unsure’ about

Jason Soutar
Adama Traore complains to the referee

Adama Traore has snubbed a move to Tottenham as the Wolves winger is “unsure” about playing as a wing-back under Antonio Conte.

A move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium seemed imminent after the Premier League clubs reportedly agreed on a £20m transfer fee.

Conte was very keen to get Traore through the door this month as he tries to improve his squad for their battle for a top-four finish.

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However, it was revealed on Thursday that Barcelona are “in talks” to sign the Spain international, with a switch to the Nou Camp looking likely.

Spanish journalist Gerard Romero claims that Barca will sign Traore barring an “unexpected twist”. Wolves are reportedly keen to include a buy option in the six-month loan deal.

Tottenham are now out of the running to land Traore, meaning the La Liga giants should be able to sign the winger with little competition elsewhere.

This is according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, who says Barcelona will take the player on loan and have the option to buy for around €35m. He is scheduled to have his Barca medical on Friday.

Ornstein claims that Traore turned down the chance to sign for Spurs as he does not want to play as a right wing-back.

This is a position that Conte wants to address, and the Italian will be disappointed the signing of the 26-year-old has fallen through.

Traore has played in wing-back for Wolves on numerous occasions but more recently has operated as a winger or up top next to Raul Jimenez.

He is out of contract at Molineux in 2023 and has not accepted a new deal that was put on the table 15 months ago.

Meanwhile, Spurs have accepted a loan offer from Valencia for out-of-favour midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.

Spurs paid around £55m plus add-ons to sign the Frenchman in 2019. He has already played 91 times for the north Londoners but his performances have regularly been criticised.

According to The Athletic, Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is “still an admirer” of the player after signing him for Spurs, meaning a move to the French capital could be on the cards.

However, La Liga side Valencia have ‘agreed’ to sign Ndombele on a six-month loan, as per Telefoot journalist Julien Maynard.