€15m left-back not going to Fiorentina ... or Tottenham for that matter

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito ... but it looks as if he will be staying in Russia.

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.

The team have plenty of players who can cover the position - such as Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen and Zeki Fryers - but reinforcement is needed.

One 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.

It is however widely believed he wants a return to Italy - as reported by various sources at the start of this month.

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And last week, Italian paper La Nazione claimed that Fiorentina were 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.

But his agent says that no such deal is on or anywhere near being on the cards:

“I can only tell you that I have had no contact with Fiorentina. Fiorentina would be taken into consideration should the player head back to Italy, but that is something which is not on the cards right now.”

But the bad news for Spurs fans is that he seems to also intimate that his client does not wish to leave Zenit just yet.

Well, if you want to clutch at straws, he might insinuate that - as he says his client does not wish to return to Italy.

But it does seem he is referring to the 26-year-old sticking with the Russian outfit for the foreseeable future.

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