TOTTENHAM have reportedly joined the transfer battle for in-demand Sevilla star Jules Kounde.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is one of European football's most wanted defenders.
And the Mirror claim Antonio Conte's team have entered the £76million transfer race.
Kounde has established himself as one of La Liga's top centre-backs after some fine performances for the Andalusian side.
And Spurs chiefs may need to fend off mega-money Paris Saint-Germain in the fight for his signature.
However, it is reported that Kounde may regard Conte's project as a more intriguing challenge than playing back at home in his native Ligue 1.
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London rivals Chelsea looked near-certain to land Kounde earlier in the summer after reportedly agreeing a five-year contract with the imposing star.
But Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is now on the brink of moving to Stamford Bridge instead.
And Conte is ready to pounce as he looked to carry on his summer spending spree.
Spurs already have FIVE new signings through the door for close to £100million, bringing in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet.
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They still want a right wing-back – a position Kounde can also play – and talks for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence have dragged on for weeks.
Conte seemed content to see the North London club do so much early business.
And he vowed to make them “competitive” in the Premier League, Champions League and the two domestic cups this term.
The Italian said: “It was good to sign five players quickly. Our plan was very clear about the positions in which we needed to improve. We did it. The club worked very well in this window.
“For every coach to have players quickly is very important because you can work with them and put them into the idea of (our) football.
“We are always looking to strengthen the squad if there is the opportunity.
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"It will be a demanding season for us but we want to enjoy it, play four competitions and try to be competitive. We’ll see what happens.
“In two months, if there’s a possibility to strengthen the squad, we’ll do it. Our ambition is to be competitive and try to fight for everything.”
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