Nottingham Forest are still interested in securing a deal for Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, although Tottenham have reportedly decided to keep the player as the transfer deadline approaches.
Like many players on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s squad, Tanganga has faced an uncertain future in north London, with several clubs reportedly interested in securing his services this summer.
The young defender was mainly linked with AC Milan (Football Insider) but a loan deal never materialized on that front. Serie A rivals Inter Milan (Gianluca Di Marzio) and AS Roma (CalcioMercato) are also said to have considered Tanganga as an option.
More recently, interest has arisen closer to home. Journalist of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Luca Bianchin claimed Nottingham Forest had made a permanent transfer offer, but had failed to reach Tottenham’s valuation for Tanganga.
Football.London reported on August 30 that Spurs had decided to block any move for Tanganga, due to concerns over the timing of any move so close to the end of the transfer window.
Now, however, it looks like Nottingham Forest haven’t given up hope yet. According to Charlie Eccleshare for The Athletic, the newly promoted side still hold an interest in Tanganga.
“Nottingham Forest are still interested in making a move for Japhet Tanganga but Spurs now want to keep him with the window so close to closing,” Eccleshare wrote.
Nottingham Forest have now made 18 new signings this summer (The Athletic) as they bid to compete in the top flight for the first time in 23 years, and it seems they may not be done yet .
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With no tangible links to Spurs’ starters to cover defensive areas, it looks increasingly likely that Japhet Tanganga will stay, at least until January. With his local status and flexibility to play in different positions at the back, he could also prove to be a very useful member of the Spurs squad.
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