Gus Poyet admits holding talks with Antonio Sanabria, Spurs allegedly losing transfer race

Antonio Sanabria at Barcelona

Gus Poyet is looking to bring Antonio Sanabria to Real Betis.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesReal Betis manager Gus Poyet

Real Betis manager Gus Poyet has told Don Balon that he has held talks with Roma striker Antonio Sanabria about a move to the club this summer.

Former Sunderland boss Poyet has been lured to Andalusia this summer, and he's been active in the transfer market already, snapping up the likes of Riza Durmisi, Aissa Mandi, Felipe Gutierrez and Jonas Martin.

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With most of his squad now filled out, one area of the Betis squad needs urgent attention - and that's in attack, where he only has 35-year-old Ruben Castro and unproven youngster Alex Alegria.

One of Poyet's main targets appears to be Roma starlet Antonio Sanabria. The former Barcelona prodigy hit 11 goals on loan with La Liga side Sporting Gijon last season, and now looks set to leave the Italian capital on a permanent basis this summer.

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

ABC Sevilla reported over the weekend that Betis were close to signing Sanabria, as he had rejected a move to Tottenham in order to join Betis, despite the Spaniards offering a lower transfer fee than Spurs.

Manager Poyet - who of course used to play for Tottenham - has now been asked about the situation and told Don Balon that he has indeed held talks with the Paraguayan prospect about a move to Betis this summer - but until the deal is confirmed, he doesn't want to talk too much about Sanabria.

Antonio Sanabria at Barcelona

"We had a conversation with Sanabria," admitted Poyet. "It was important to know what the player wanted. Until it is signed, I prefer to wait, but there has been contact. The strikers are what make the difference and that is why we now hurry to sign more," he added.

Don Balon's report also claims that Tottenham are still pressing to try and sign Sanabria ahead of Betis at the last minute, but the player isn't so keen on a move to the Premier League at this stage in his career, meaning Spurs look to be losing the race for the striker's signature.

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