Report: AC Milan could hijack Tottenham move for Keita Balde

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and F.C Kufstein on August 1, 2017 in Kufstein, Austria.

Tottenham are strongly linked to Keita Balde.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the SS Lazio Training Session on August 12, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur's move for Keita Balde could be hijacked by AC Milan, report Tuttomercatoweb.

Lazio are determined not to sell the attacker to Juventus and believe Tottenham are their best best to offload the wantaway attacker.

Spurs are ready to pay their £27 million asking price, but Keita has yet to indicate he is willing to join the North London side.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Malaga CF and SS Lazio at Estadio La Rosaleda on August 5, 2017 in Malaga, Spain.

AC Milan are regarded as outsiders to hijack Tottenham's attempts, and could be Keita's most likely destination at this point if he stays in Italy.

Lazio could consider the move, as it is just Juventus they are keen to block him signing for.

The Bianconeri this week announced they will not be making a bid for Keita, with Corriere dello Sport reporting Juventus have pulled out of the race.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Mula of Malaga CF during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Malaga CF and SS Lazio at Estadio La Rosaleda on August 5, 2017 in...

AC Milan have been prolific in the transfer window, spending big money on Andre Silva, Franck Kessie, and Leonardo Bonucci among others in a £160 million spree.

They may not be done yet either, and Lazio are keen to get rid of Keita after omitting him from recent squads, while he has called off training 'sick'.

Tottenham have a week to try and convince him to join, but Milan could be ready to complicate matters.

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