Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claims Leeds United and West Ham United are plan-B options for Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo if Tottenham fail to complete a move to sign the Italy attacker before the end of the transfer window.

Zaniolo, 23, is now allowed to leave Roma after contract talks between himself and Jose Mourinho’s side broke down. His contract at Roma is due to expire in June 2024. Roma want to sell him permanently, or on loan with an obligation.

Rudy Galetti claims that Tottenham have agreed personal terms with Zaniolo. But Spurs are struggling to agree with Roma over a type of deal. 90Min claim that Spurs want a loan, and an obligation – but only if they make the top four.

Now, Pedulla offers an update. He says that Zaniolo is keen on a move to Tottenham. But given Spurs have tried to get Zaniolo for quite some time, Zaniolo has lined up back-up options in Leeds and West Ham. Leeds are a ‘plan B’.

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Leeds and West Ham are plan-B options if Tottenham fail to sign Zaniolo

Two issues with this. The first being that Leeds have signed Georginio Rutter and a move for Zaniolo would only see us stunt the growth of Willy Gnonto, Rutter himself, or Crysencio Summerville. But, Zaniolo is a Champions League player.

A move to Spurs, or West Ham, would much suit Zaniolo better. They are in European competition and that gives those clubs the chance to rotate more often. Leeds do not have that quality and it means, players will warm the bench.

Either Zaniolo, or a player he replaces. Gnonto is in the form of his life and it is crucial to keep him firing. Summerville is on the way back from injury. Patrick Bamford needs game time and Rodrigo is in stunning form. One to avoid, then.

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