By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have submitted a £19.4million bid for Atalanta midfield enforcer Franck Kessie, according to a report.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on Sunday morning that the London giants were preparing to make a formal offer for Kessie, 19, who is also attracting interest from bitter rivals Arsenal.
Less than 12 hours later, Italian publication Calcio Mercato reported that Spurs have made a formal offer of nearly £20million for the teenager.
It is said that there is also strong interest from the Londoners’ Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the Ivory Coast international has been watched closely by Spurs over the last few months and is one of the last players recommended to the club by outgoing transfer guru Paul Mitchell.
Tottenham are big admirers of the youngster and if a deal is not possible in what is a notoriously difficult window they are prepared to hold fire and make another swoop next summer.
Mauricio Pochettino has three senior central midfielders in his squad – Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and the versatile Eric Dier – and Harry Winks, 20, has made the breakthrough into the senior set-up this season with a number of promising displays.
Kessie signed a new contract in August that ties him Atalanta until the summer of 2021.
The Serie A midfield enforcer, who can also slot in at centre-back, has earned rave reviews for his performances this season.
He has been a mainstay for Atalanta, scoring an impressive six goals and supplying two assists from 16 appearances in all competitions and spread across 1405 minutes of action.
Kessie spent last season on loan at Serie B club Cesena, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 37 appearances from midfield.
Calcio Mercato report that Juventus are also keeping close tabs on the youngster but are not willing to pay more than £16.8million for him.
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