Having lost Rodrigo Bentancur to another injury, and expected to see Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma leave for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, Tottenham will be short in midfield very soon.

That’s why the idea of Ange Postecoglou’s side signing someone, at least short-term, in January to help a bit makes sense, and where someone like Kalvin Phillips comes in.

Gazzetta dello Sport cover the midfielder’s situation on Monday due to his manager explaining he no longer counts on him, and mention that Tottenham are among the interested parties.

It comes as they explain that Juventus will face some competition for the player’s signature in the January transfer window as Spurs, and two more Premier League sides, are ‘in the front row’.

While his agent might be flirting with the Italian side, he also has ‘no shortage of alternatives’ closer to home, but Manchester City might have something to say about this.

That’s because they don’t necessarily want to reinforce one of their competition in the league, and with Tottenham just three points behind them after 16 games, that’s exactly what they would be doing.

Therefore, Spurs might have to look elsewhere if they want to bring in a midfielder in January, or at least prepare for some very tough negotiations if they are adamant about getting Phillips.