One area in which Tottenham Hotspur are said to be looking to improve their squad come January is the left-back position. At the moment the club have Danny Rose as their main left-back, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on-loan with QPR and out of favour with Andre Villas-Boas.
Sure the team have plenty of players who can cover the position - such as Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen and Zeki Fryers - but reinforcement is needed, and a top quality one.
One such player linked with a move to White Hart Lane has been Domenico Criscito. The Italian international is currently playing with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia, but feels his chances of going to the World Cup in Brazil next summer would greatly improve if he was back playing on the continent.
So with that in mind he is certainly an attainable target.
Accept it is widely believed he wants a return to Italy - as reported by various sources at the start of this month - as the 26-year-old looks to raise his young family in his homeland.
If that was one blow for AVB in his apparent pursuit of a new left-back, the news today will be bitter if it proves to be true.
Italian paper La Nazione has claimed today that Fiorentina are looking to bring in the player to bolster their team. The player has just returned from a six month lay-off with a cruciate ligament rupture - so Zenit could be persuaded to cut back on their previously hefty asking price for the player - believed to be in the region of €15 million - much to La Viola’s pleasure.
If the interest from Florence is true, then Spurs face an almost impossible task to get hold of the Italian.
He is clearly keen on a move back to Italy and if he is actually given that option by Fiorentina there is little doubt that he will be on his way.
So Tottenham Hotspur might want to get the drawing board back out, and consider their other options.
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