Conte looks at a move for Man Utd defender Bailly in the January window

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in bringing Man Utd defender Eric Bailly to north London.

The Italian replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month.

Conte had previously been in advanced talks with Spurs in June about becoming Jose Mourinho’s successor, but they broke up after the two parties disagreed on key issues.


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Several players have been linked with a move to North London since Conte’s appointment, including AC Milan’s Franck Kessie and Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij.

The former Chelsea boss is keen to improve on his side’s backline following Cristian Romero’s injury, with Bailly reportedly a priority.

It says journalist Duncan Castles, who stated it Podcast Transfer window that the Ivorian could be one of two center-backs that Conte targets.

Bailly has dropped down the rankings at Old Trafford in recent seasons, with this summer’s signature of Raphael Varane further limiting his first-team options.

The 27-year-old has only played three games during this period, scoring an own goal in his only Premier League start against Manchester City.

According to The sun, Bailly was ‘particularly angry’ when he failed to start their away game against Leicester earlier this month, with Harry Maguire rushing back from an injury instead.

The report adds that the defender now ‘wondered why he was called up to sign a new contract’ recently, and ‘there is some sympathy in the squad’ for the Ivorian.

In the meantime Ralf Rangnick has reportedly signed a deal with Man Utd to be their interim manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskj√¶r was rejected after United’s 4-1 defeat to Watford last weekend, when Michael Carrick came in as deputy manager.

But the Red Devils made it clear that they would seek to hire a temporary manager to hold the fort until the end of the season, and Athletics report that they now have their husband.

Rangnick leaves his job as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to take on the role.

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