By Noel Whelan

16th Nov, 2021 | 1:50pm

Tottenham told to offload Tanganga in January as 'loan-to-buy deal' mooted - pundit

Tottenham could sanction an exit for Japhet Tanganga in order to free up funds for Stefan de Vrij, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 22-year-old could depart in January in a loan-to-buy deal.

This site revealed yesterday (November 15th) that Inter Milan star De Vrij has told friends he is interested in joining Tottenham in January.

The Netherlands international played under Conte last term as the Nerazzurri claimed their 19th Scudetto.

Tanganga enjoyed a run in the Tottenham side at the start of this term under Nuno Espirito Santo after coming close to leaving the club in the summer window before losing his place.

Whelan insisted a potential Lilywhites exit for Tanganga could prove mutually beneficial.

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“He started off this season with real promise,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“However, if he’s surplus to requirements and sitting on the bench – Tottenham may as well get a fee for him. That will contribute to their rebuild under Conte, especially if they want the likes of De Vrij.

“They can get him off the wage bill with a loan, or possibly even a loan-to-buy deal in January. That opens the door for the signings Conte really wants.

“It will be beneficial for Tanganga, he can get out there at a high level and start forging his career.”

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider in August, the north London side scrapped plans to loan Tanganga out – with the versatile youngster expected to become a key part of the first-team squad.

However, the youngster suffered the ignominy of being hooked at half-time during Spurs’ 3-1 derby defeat against Arsenal last month.

He has failed to appear in the league since then and has eight appearances this term.

In other news, English 28-year-old will be “first through the door at Tottenham in January”.