Destiny Udogie: Tottenham agree deal to sign left-back from Udinese but will loan him back to Serie A club | football news

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Udinese to sign promising young left-back Destiny Udogie.

Spurs will pay an initial £15m and there are also some performance-related bonuses on top of that.

Udogie will remain on loan at Udinese for the season, and Spurs will have Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic as their left-backs for this period.

According to sky in italyManchester City and Brighton had also been following Udogie.

Udogie, an Italy Under-21 international, made 35 Serie A appearances, scoring five goals, while on loan at Udinese from Hellas Verona last season.

Udinese were forced to make Udogie’s transfer permanent following the completion of his loan this summer, and he joined the club on 15 July.

Conte defends not being a starter against Santos

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Spurs manager Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte believes it was “common sense” not to initiate any of his new summer signings as his Tottenham side kicked off their new Premier League season with a comfortable 4-1 home win over Southampton.

The win came as the Spurs head coach decided not to start any of his new signings with Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster and Djed Spence all starting on the bench while Richarlison was suspended.

Perisic, Bissouma and Lenglet came on in the second half, but when asked why he didn’t start with the new signings, the Italian explained: “I’m not surprised because I think I used common sense.”

“Right now, we are starting the new season and the old players made a great achievement last season to get a place in the Champions League. In the last 10 games, I think we played very well and got fantastic results.”

“My message was very clear. I trust the old players a lot and at the moment they are more trustworthy than the new players because they need to continue working with us and put their football knowledge into practice.

Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's first goal of the match
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Tottenham beat Southampton 4-1 in their season opener

“With the old players, I am one step ahead of the new players. That’s why I prefer to have the old players. I think it was right after this match and the final result.

But I am very happy because we have new signings that will enter our process and help us improve but at the same time they have to know that they have to fight and give me the opportunity to rotate.

“Now we’re going to play one game a week, but in September we started playing every three days and I’m sure I’ll have to rotate. It’s important that a club like Tottenham doesn’t lower the level or quality when rotating.”

“I think it was the first objective and I was very clear with the club and the club totally agreed with me.”

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