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Five transfers Tottenham MUST seal in January including new keeper and defensive overhaul after Man City meltdown | The Sun

TOTTENHAM are in huge danger of falling out of the top four race.

Despite a string of unconvincing performances, Spurs went into the World Cup break residing in the top four.

Results have started to match poor displays since the Premier League's resumption, however, with Antonio Conte's side's latest struggle coming against Manchester City yesterday.

Spurs took a shock 2-0 half-time lead through Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal's quickfire double, only for a series of defensive calamities to undermine their efforts and see them fall to a 4-2 defeat.

Tottenham are now five points off the top four, with Newcastle, Manchester United and City all possessing a game in hand.

The Lilywhites managed to overhaul a bigger deficit to Arsenal during last season's top four race – with January signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur playing a huge part in pushing them over the line.

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They will likely need similarly high quality reinforcements if they are to repeat the trick this year.

So SunSport has taken a look at the five players Spurs should recruit in order to clamber back into the top four race.

JORDAN PICKFORD

Jordan Pickford has impressed for an awful Everton side this season.

The England No1 is happy at Goodison Park, but only has 18 months remaining on his contract.

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Amid the threat of relegation to the Championship, Pickford could move to Spurs to replace the increasingly error-prone stalwart Hugo Lloris

PEDRO PORRO

Tottenham are eagerly trying to sign Sporting Lisbon right wing-back Pedro Porro.

The position is a priority for Spurs, with Emerson Royal having proven to be not good enough for Conte's side.

Having turned down a number of bids already, Sporting are determined to hold out for Porro's £39.9million release clause.

KIM MIN-JAE

Having been linked with Kim Min-jae last summer, Spurs could return for the commanding Napoli centre-back.

The 26-year-old is a rock at the back and an international team-mate of South Korean star Son Heung-min.

Tottenham would have to move swiftly to sign him, however, with Man United and Real Madrid also linked.

PIERO HINCAPIE

Spurs are weighing up a £20m swoop for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Piero Hincapie.

The Lilywhites are set to be in again for a left-footed defender, with loanee Clement Lenglet to return to Barcelona at the end of the season.

However, Leverkusen may demand that they keep the highly-rated 21-year-old on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

NICOLO ZANIOLO

Tottenham want to bolster their creative midfield options this month, with Nicolo Zaniolo fitting the bill.

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The Italian international, 22, could be allowed to leave Roma on an initial loan, with Spurs having an obligation to buy worth around £31m.

Zaniolo has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund and West Ham.


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