Reliable Tottenham journalist Alasdair Gold from Football.London has admitted that he’ll be “shocked” if Jose Mourinho’s side don’t complete a permanent deal to sign on-loan Real Betis man Giovani Lo Celso in the January window.

The 23-year-old, who joined from the Spanish outfit on a season-long loan deal in the summer, has endured a difficult spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season and has played just 332 minutes in the Premier League this term – making only two starts.

Lo Celso had to wait until Mauricio Pochettino’s penultimate game in charge against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in early November to make his first start for the club and has struggled for game-time since Jose Mourinho came in.

Despite his troubled start to life in the Premier League, Gold remains confident that Daniel Levy will get a deal over the line before the January transfer window slams shut. He was asked how likely Spurs are to sign the Argentine permanently this month.

He said: “I’d be shocked if Spurs don’t make his deal permanent this month. If they don’t and then finish in the top four then Lo Celso becomes a permanent Spurs player anyway, and for £34 million rather than the £27.2 million it would cost this month.”




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