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Tottenham are confident of hiring Antonio Conte as their next manager following their decision to sack Nuno Espirito Santo. The potential appointment of the Italian has sent shockwaves through world football already. And it could mean brighter days are on the horizon over in north London.

Tottenham have today confirmed the departure of Nuno after just four months in charge.

In a statement, they said: “The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.”

And Fabio Paratici added: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”

So with Tottenham now confident of bringing Conte to north London, Express Sport will take a look at who his first three transfer targets should be.

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Antonio Rudiger

Tottenham have been linked with Antonio Rudiger in recent months.

Chelsea have seen the Germany international sparkle at the back ever since the departure of Frank Lampard, with the 28-year-old now undroppable under Thomas Tuchel.

But Rudiger’s contract is winding down.

Chelsea are facing a fight to keep the centre-back, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the year.

And Tottenham should now capitalise, especially given Rudiger’s prowess in playing in a back three.

That is, after all, a trademark of a Conte side. So Tottenham fans can expect him to use that formation in the capital.

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Milan Skriniar

Even if Tottenham sign Rudiger, they still need more than one world-class centre-back.

Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez have toiled this season, while Joe Rodon

still has much to learn.

So that’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Tottenham reignite interest in Milan Skriniar.

The Slovenian has been a huge hit at Inter Milan over the years, though his best form came during Conte’s time at the San Siro.

And with Tottenham needing defensive reinforcements, Skriniar would certainly be a wise player to go after.

Philippe Coutinho

Another player Tottenham would be shrewd in pursuing would be Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.

The Catalan giants thought they were onto a winner when they signed the Brazil international back in January 2018.

But Coutinho’s time in north London hasn’t worked out so far, with the Samba star regressing by the year.

Tottenham have failed to see the best of Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli in the No 10 position in recent years.

But if they can get Coutinho fully firing, like he was at Liverpool, Spurs would be all the better for it.

Barcelona are also unlikely to stand in the playmaker’s way of an exit given their financial situation.

Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez recently signed a new contract with Inter.

But those things mean nothing in the modern game and, with Conte primed to return to management, it’s easy to see Tottenham reigniting their interest.

Spurs had eyed the Argentina international back in the summer, at a time where Harry Kane’s future was up in the air.

And with Tottenham needing more from their attackers, a deal for Martinez would make sense.

It wouldn’t be cheap but, if Kane leaves next summer, they’d get any money used on Martinez back.

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