Tottenham told to sign their own Thiago Silva amid news from Italy

Noel Whelan have backed Tottenham to sign veteran Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci after reports linked them with the Italian.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insidersuggested the 35-year-old could have a similar impact to Thiago Silva at Chelsea or Raphael Varane at Man United.

According to the Italian outlet Calciomercato (October 16), Bonucci is expected to leave Juventus during the January transfer window after a breakdown in the relationship between the club and the player.

The report claims that Antonio Conte, who managed the defender to 118 caps between 2011 and 2014, is interested in bringing him to Tottenham.

Conte has already raided his former club to bring Cristian Romero, Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur to London.

Whelan has spoken of the impact Bonucci could have on Spurs despite only signing up to a two-year deal.

He said Football Insiderby Ewan Kingsbury: “Look at Thiago Silva, look at Varane now.

“You never have too much experience. He looks like someone who keeps well.

“He is fit, professional. Players like that bring a new dimension to a football club. He’s a serial winner with a truly competitive nature.

“He won’t come to Tottenham, if he does, just to see the rest of his career. He will help a team succeed.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if that materialized, and what a Tottenham player would get – even if it’s just for one or two seasons.

“He could bring a lot with his mentality, he can certainly be like Thiago Silva”.

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