Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte wants to raid Manchester United for the services of Eric Bailly in January.
The Express reports that the Italian has held discussions with the club about signing the Ivory Coast international who has been out of favor at Old Trafford so far this season having played just 45 minutes of football in the Premier League this term.
Club captain Harry Maguire, summer signing Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are above the 27-year-old in the pecking order and injuries haven’t done him any favours since joining United over five years ago.
Bailly has made just 17 Premier League appearances in the last three seasons but according to Duncan Castles, Conte is a fan of the defender.
“One of the individuals they’re in discussion about, although as I understand it no offer has been made at this point, is Manchester United player Eric Bailly. He’s someone who Conte likes and was looking at as a possible recruit at Inter.
“He is obviously one of the players who got the roughest handling from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, extremely unhappy with the way he was treated by Solskjaer, felt that it was ridiculous that Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were continually selected ahead of him, almost regardless of what they did on the pitch. He actually expressed that after the Leicester City defeat,” Castle said.
Conte is said to be in need of two first-choice centre-backs in his first window in charge at Spurs as he seeks to form a formidable back three before addressing the other positions in the field.