Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of sealing a “statement” signing, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The north London outfit have been linked with a move for Sporting CP wing-back Pedro Porro for much of the January transfer window but with less than a week to go, they are running out of time to get him through the doors at Hotspur Way.
However, renowned transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided some encouragement on the situation, claiming that a move is “really close” to happening and that it could be “done” before the weekend.
Reports have suggested that the Primeira Liga giants are expecting the 23-year-old’s €45m (£40m) release clause to be paid in full, whilst Spurs announced the arrival of Arnaut Danjuma on Wednesday, joining on an initial loan from LaLiga side Villarreal.
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O’Rourke has now told Football FanCast that Porro has been the no.1 target this month for quite some time and believes that the club are making a major move by signing him, he said:
“It’s a huge statement if they can get this deal over the line before the window closes next week.
“Pedro Porro has been Tottenham’s number one target for the right wing-back position.”
Indeed, it’s hard to disagree as it’s a role that probably keeps manager Antonio Conte up at night.
Just a few months into his reign as Nuno Espirito Snato’s successor, the Italian was regularly linked with new options for the right wing-back spot.
At the time Wolverhampton Wanderers powerhouse Adama Traore was one player who Spurs nearly signed, with The Times claiming that the 53-year-old was unconvinced by both Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty.
Fast forward a little over a year and the problem still remains, which is why Porro has emerged as a viable solution and some solution he is, having racked up an eye-watering 14 goal contributions across 25 matches this term.
It builds on last season’s returns of five goals and seven assists, and is far more than what the aforementioned Lilywhites duo have managed combined – Emerson (four G/A), Doherty (seven G/A) – since the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
That would make the “special talent” – as once described by journalist Zach Lowry – a monumental upgrade to an important position in Conte’s squad, heading into the second half of the campaign.
As such, Porro is certainly a ‘huge statement’ from the club and sporting director Fabio Paratici, just as O’Rourke has suggested.
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