Tottenham Hotspur have reached a verbal agreement with Udinese to sign 19-year-old left-back Destiny Udogie, Megasportsarena.com understands.
The 6ft 2in Nigeria-born defender came through the youth ranks at Hellas Verona before joining Udinese on loan last year, and Le Zebrette made the deal permanent for £3.6m only a few weeks ago.
Udogie immediately cemented his place in the Udinese XI – often featuring as a left-wing back – and he amassed five goals and three assists from 35 Serie A appearances in the 2021-22 campaign.
The teenager has also won four caps for the Italy Under-21 side and still,eligible for Nigeria, and remains under contract at Udinese for another four years, but his spell with Le Zebrette could come to a swift end.
Tottenham and Udinese are reported to have a verbal agreement in place for the transfer of Udogie, who will cost the Lilywhites a total of €25m (£20.9m) including add-ons.
The report adds that Tottenham will allow Udogie to return to Udinese on loan for the 2022-23 season to further his development, and Spurs have been in contact over a deal for a month now.
Udinese were determined to keep hold of the highly-rated youngster, but Udogie has already given the green light to a move to Tottenham, who have fended off competition from numerous other clubs.
Inter Milan allegedly tried and failed to sign Udogie, while Juventus, Lazio, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion were all keeping a close eye on his development in Italy.
Udogie would follow a long list of Serie A players to make the move to North London since the arrivals of Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte, including summer signing Ivan Perisic.
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