Tottenham Hotspur are ‘unlikely’ to sign Inter Milan enforcer Milan Skriniar on transfer deadline day as time runs out on negotiations between the clubs, according to Football London

Spurs have had an excellent transfer window, with the likes of Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius, Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale all signing for Jose Mourinho’s men. 

Tottenham are undergoing something of an overhaul of their squad after the change of manager last year, with the club looking to address some of the perceived weaknesses in the first-team ranks. 

With Jan Vertonghen leaving the club at the end of last season, Spurs could definitely use an additional defender to round off the window’s purposeful business. 

Skriniar would certainly be an ideal recruit – but with a deal reportedly looking unlikely after the Slovakian featured for Inter in Serie A on Sunday, Tottenham need Daniel Levy to complete a late miracle to tick off the final point in Mourinho’s wishlist. 

The Spurs chairman is renowned for his ability to drive a late deal in the transfer window and a new defender, Skriniar or other, would go down on the long list of transfer deadline dramas the club have been involved in during recent times. 

With the capture of Reguilon and Doherty over the summer, Tottenham now have the ability to field these two signings as wing-backs, meaning a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 formation. 

However, for Mourinho to be successful in this ploy, Spurs could certainly use another commanding and capable centre-half. 

While Tottenham fans will almost unilaterally be over the moon with this window’s business so far, if Levy can work his magic and land a new centre-half on deadline day, the squad’s transformation would be complete.