By Noel Whelan

13th Jan, 2022 | 6:30am

Tanganga tipped to leave Tottenham after 'massive' talks update from Italy - pundit

Japhet Tanganga’s potential loan exit to AC Milan “makes a lot of sense” for Tottenham, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 22-year-old could “learn a lot” with the Italian giants.

According to Calciomercato (9 January), Milan director of football Frederic Massara and Paolo Maldini have held talks with Tanganga’s agent ahead of a potential loan-to-buy deal.

The report claims Juventus are also monitoring the Englishman, with a swap deal involving Dejan Kulusevski possible.

Whelan claimed getting Tanganga out the exit door could free up funds for Antonio Conte to make his first signing as Tottenham boss.

“I think that deal makes a lot of sense,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“If it’s right for the club and they feel they have enough cover for Tanganga, then I can see that going through.

“It will allow them to get him off the wage bill and get someone else into the squad. If he’s surplus to requirements, then there’s no real point in keeping him at the football club.

“He’s someone who could learn a lot from having that first-team experience week-in, week-out. He could go out there to Italy, develop his game in a massive way, and come back the player they expect of him ready for next season.”

Tanganga has failed to play a single minute in three of Tottenham’s last four Premier League games.

Football Insider revealed last summer (16 August) that then-Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo pulled the plug on plans to loan Tanganga during the summer window after his impressive early-season performances.

In other news, Tottenham insider reveals another player set for exit after Conte sanctions deal.