Coppola 'eyed by Spurs'

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Carmine Coppola's agent has revealed Tottenham have posted scouts at recent games involving Messina in a bid to assess the midfielder.

Coppola is currently away on international duty with Italy, but he will be buoyed by reports linking him with a move to White Hart Lane.

The 26-year-old had a fine campaign for Messina as they secured seventh place in Serie A and it would appear as he if he has caught the eye of scouts from North London.

"For the moment the negotiations are just at the first phase," Coppola's agent Fulvio Frangiamone told skysports.com.

"A Tottenham intermediary contacted me with the intention to meet me, but I told him that for the moment it wasn't possible as the player is in North America with the national team and we agreed to talk when he returns."

If Spurs opt to firm up their interest, they may face a fight to secure Coppola's signature as Messina have made it clear that they intend to retain his services.

"Messina told me they haven't the intention to sell Coppola," added Frangiamone. "He has another two years on his deal with the Sicilian side.

"Coppola is 26-years-old and he would have a big will to play in England.

"Should it be up to him, he will go there, although it has to be underlined that he feels really good in Messina.

"President Pietro Franza told me that Coppola is one of the players he wants to build the future team around."