Tottenham helped out by Newcastle as ‘Lyon eye unwanted star to replace Bruno Guimaraes’

Transfer rumours from around Europe

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Lyon are said to be considering a late move for Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso to replace the outgoing Bruno Guimaraes, who is set to join Newcastle United ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Lo Celso has struggled to assert himself under Antonio Conte’s guidance at Spurs this season and has recently been linked with a January exit as a result of his poor form in north London.

The Argentine maestro has played just 42 minutes of Premier League football since Conte was appointed by Tottenham to replace Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout back in November.

He has reportedly been earmarked as one of several players who could leave the club this month in order to make way for at least one new arrival before the window slams shut.

It seems as though Tottenham may have been helped in their bid to offload Lo Celso by Newcastle, who are imminently expected to confirm the signing of Guimaraes from Lyon.

The Ligue 1 heavyweights are now scrambling to find a last-minute replacement and have already identified Lo Celso as a potential loan option, according to Fabrizio Romano.

It is said that he has been named among a handful of targets that Lyon are looking to pursue ahead of next week’s impending deadline.

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Tottenham have reportedly asked Lyon to cover Lo Celso’s full salary until the end of the season and pay a set loan fee, with the north Londoners desperate to free up space on their books in order to facilitate their own aims in the market.

They have endured a torrid time of things this month, with director of football Fabio Paratici yet to make any new signings in spite of Conte’s desire to strengthen his ranks ahead of the Premier League run-in.

Spurs have already been beaten to the signings of Adama Traore and Luis Diaz, who are now widely expected to join Barcelona and Liverpool respectively, in the last 48 hours.

Conte is said to have grown frustrated over the club’s lack of movement in recent weeks and is likely to be unhappy if Paratici and Daniel Levy fail to meet his demands.

They are also believed to be keen on shipping out Tanguy Ndombele, with a host of clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the Frenchman ahead of the deadline.

A move for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski is said to be in the works, with Paratici a keen admirer of the 21-year-old after signing him for the Italian giants during his time in charge of their transfer business

However, it seems unlikely that Kulusevski will be able to join the club if they are unable to get shot of Lo Celso or any other fringe players over the next few days.

Conte issued a thinly-veiled cry for help in the transfer market earlier this month by suggesting that Tottenham are still years away from being able to challenge the Premier League’s very best sides on a consistent basis.

“This is not the right moment to speak, the club know very well what I think,” the 52-year-old told Sky Sports.


“There is not one transfer market to close the gap. The last few years this gap became very big and now it is not simple to find a solution in a short time.”

“I am only focused to work until the end, we have four months to try and give everything, but if we think we solve with the transfer market the situation, it is not the reality.

“You need many years, but for sure we have to start. You have to sell or loan players and it is difficult and then you have to find the right players for you.

“You can only start this process but you need many years. It won’t be easy, I spoke with the club and am totally in this position of the club to work and improve the situation on the pitch.

“I am enjoying my time in Tottenham, we have four months to work and get the best possible result. I am proud of the effort, sometimes you can push 100 per cent but it is not enough.”

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