DJED SPENCE’S loan move away from Tottenham is being delayed due to Spurs’ refusal to include an option to buy.
A host of clubs, including Leicester, Brentford and Crystal Palace are all keen on a loan deal this month.
French side Lyon are also thought to be considering a move as Chelsea chase their right-back, Malo Gusto.
However Spurs do not want to risk losing Spence for good at the end of the season with Conte’s future in doubt.
The club are not currently entertaining permanent deals or any loan offers with an option or obligation to buy, which is causing negotiations to drag.
Palace boss Patrick Vieira is keen to see investment before the end of the January window next week.
The Eagles boss wants to add competition to his squad with performances having dipped in recent weeks, with a new striker also on his wishlist.
Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo is a target, though Palace are facing competition from relegation battling Southampton.
Semenyo, 23, has five goals and two assists in the Championship so far this season.
Palace had considered allowing striker Jean-Philippe Mateta to leave Selhurst Park this window but given the lack of new arrivals the Frenchman is set to stay in south London.