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Tottenham are reportedly ‘advancing’ in their talks with Genoa to sign defender Radu Dragusin. The centre-back has been heavily linked with a move in the January transfer window, and Spurs now appear to have positioned themselves in pole position to secure his signature.

Ange Postecoglou has breathed a new lease of life into Tottenham, reinventing their playstyle to turn the club into one of the most exciting outfits in the Premier League and outsiders in the title race.

Summer signings Guglielmo Vicario, James Maddison and Micky van de Ven have all respectively played key roles in the turnaround in north London, and the higher powers at the club will be hoping that their January signings are equally as impactful.

With injury problems continuing to stack up, Postecoglou is keen for Tottenham to splash the cash this month to ensure that he has sufficient squad depth – with reinforcements demanded in defence. Nice star Jean-Clair Todibo and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi were among those linked, though Dragusin has now emerged as their top defensive target.

According to Fabrizio Romano, a ‘new round’ of talks between Spurs and Genoa are now scheduled and there is an expectation that the deal will now ‘advance’. However, there is a gap in valuations at present.

Genoa are looking to receive £25.9million for the services of the 21-year-old, but Tottenham would like to strike a deal for approximately £19.8m. Contacts are expected to continue over the coming days to try and negotiate a deal that both parties are happy to continue with.

Manchester United and several Serie A outfits have been linked with Dragusin previously, with his pace and power in defence catching the eye of scouts around Europe. Though it is his ability to play out from the back as well which has interested Spurs, with his one goal and two assists in 18 league appearances showcasing that he has the skill set to be a presence in the final third as well.

Aside from Dragusin, Postecoglou is expected to push for further reinforcements, with the likely departure of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set to leave the ex-Celtic boss short of options in midfield. Chelsea star Conor Gallagher has been tipped as the likeliest contender to replace the Denmark international after being put in the shop window at Stamford Bridge, though reports have speculated that Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips is of interest and could be available on a loan-to-buy deal.

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