TOTTENHAM are closing in on the signing of Pedro Porro after Sporting Lisbon reportedly contacted Brighton over a loan deal for Tariq Lamptey to replace him.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has been on the look-out for a right wing-back to fit his system since the summer.

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Sporting Lisbon have asked Brighton about loaning Tariq Lamptey[/caption]

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Sporting want him to replace Tottenham-bound Pedro Porro[/caption]

Porro, 23, is their main target and they are growing increasingly confident of completing a £40million deal.

An offer of £32.5m has already been rejected this month, with Portuguese side Sporting remaining stubborn over the player’s £40m release clause.

But SunSport understands that following talks between both clubs over the past two days, an agreement is close to being reached to meet that figure this window.

Now that transfer looks closer to being completed after The Athletic claimed that Sporting have “approached Brighton about signing Lamptey” on loan.

The former Chelsea ace, 22, moved to the Seagulls in January 2020 and is under contract until 2025.

Ex-England youth international Lamptey, who has now switched allegiance and played for Ghana at the World Cup, has only made a combined 16 appearances in the Premier League.

And he has only started one top-flight match this term.

Meanwhile Spanish international Porro, who was once on the books at Manchester City, has made almost 100 appearances in all competitions since joining Sporting on loan in 2020.

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Should the deal go through, City would benefit with a 30 per cent sell-on clause, having left Manchester permanently in May 2022 for £7.2m.

The signing would see the north London club’s spending over the course of this season surpass £200m, having spent £170m on seven players in the summer.

Despite winning just two of their last six Premier League outings, Spurs are still competing in the FA Cup and Champions League – as well as remaining three points off the top four.

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