The chances of Tottenham signing Simone Zaza look slim.
Tottenham Hotspur appear to be fighting a losing battle to sign Simone Zaza.
The club were linked with the Italian international last week, with Football Italia reporting an enquiry from the North London club for the striker.
Sassuolo's technical director Nereo Bonato is quoted by Italian website Tuttomercatoweb as speaking to Tele Radio Stereo 92.7 in Italy about his side's intention to keep hold of the attacker as long as possible.
He said: "The intention of Sassuolo is not to change the group in this transfer window, so our intention is to keep Zaza until June, because we would like to end the season with the current squad."
Tottenham are not the only ones interested in buying Zaza, and face a major threat from Italian champions Juventus.
The Turin side have an option to buy the striker this summer, with Football Italia reporting today that they intend on trying to even buy him back by the end of this transfer window.
The comments from Bonato suggest Juventus will have a very tough task in doing this, and will have to wait until the end of the season where their option can be exercised.
The combination of factors in play suggest Tottenham's chances to buy him is a long shot, and their only option would seem to be if relations between Sassuolo and Juventus reach a low-point that Zaza's current side suddenly decide selling him to the Premier League team is the lesser of two evils this transfer window - but even that would be against their own intentions to look after themselves first and foremost, and keep their squad together.