Tottenham target Criscito set for Serie A return

Tottenham have suffered a set-back in their bid to sign Zenit St Petersburg left-back Domenico Criscito, with the player favouring a return to Italy, reports the Daily Express.

Spurs looked were keen on signing Criscito in January to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is currently on loan at QPR. But Serie A sides Inter and Napoli appear to have taken the lead in the race to sign the 26-year-old, after the player stated his desire to return to his homeland rather than making the move to England, according to reports from Italy.

Calciomercato.it claimed Criscito is not thinking about a move in January but has already ruled out going anywhere but back to Italy should Zenit opt to sell him. Italian international Criscito penned a five-year deal with Zenit when he moved from Genoa for £11m in 2011.

Criscito, 26, has played 20 times for Italy, scoring four goals, and could be keen on a return to his homeland in a bid to push his case for inclusion in his country’s national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

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