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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo and have already offered a contract to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

Zaniolo has been mentioned as a possible target for Spurs a few times in the Italian media since the current transfer window opened.

And now, Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) is claiming Tottenham have spoken to the 20-year-old, offering him a significantly improved contract to his current Roma deal.

It is believed Zaniolo’s name came up during recent talks between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Roma technical director Franco Baldini, who once worked under Levy in north London.

Those discussions primarily concerned Toby Alderweireld, who has been linked with a £25 million move to Roma – the Italian club appear willing to trigger the Belgian’s relatively cheap release clause.

Roma apparently value Zaniolo at £45 million, and Gazzetta suggests Tottenham will have to sell Christian Eriksen in order to fund a deal.

However, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he hopes Eriksen will remain at the club despite the fact he – like Alderweireld – has just one year left on his contract.

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