According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, Gelson Martins has emerged as a target for Tottenham this late in the window. Antonio Conte has been keen on signing a winger before the end of the summer transfer window and may have switched his attention towards the 27-year-old AS Monaco attacker after losing the race to land Daniel James.
Spurs wanted Daniel James from Leeds United, but the Welsh international seems destined to join Fulham on a season-long loan deal. That move has led Tottenham to look for last-ditch alternatives, with AS Monaco’s Gelson Martins being considered for a transfer. Martins could be allowed to leave Monaco if the right offer comes in, and the 27-year-old Portuguese international remains keen on a Premier League switch. The next few hours would determine if the interest from Tottenham is concrete, which could then accelerate the move.
Gelson Martins has had an unstable time in football since leaving Sporting CP in 2018 following a significant fiasco involving many players. He has since played for Atletico Madrid and subsequently joined AS Monaco in a £27 million deal.
Tottenham’s reported interest does not signify whether they are taking the 27-year-old Portuguese international on loan or permanently, although they might have to shell out a significant sum in the latter’s case. Defoe wants the club to sign the player.