By Harry Sykes

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Daniel Levy is not holding Tottenham back in the transfer market this summer.

Spurs are the only Premier League side not to make new signings in the current window despite being strongly linked with the likes of Everton playmaker Ross Barkley.

Long-standing chairman Levy has a reputation as a hard-headed negotiator who is not willing to overspend and would rather pull out of a deal than pay even slightly over the odds.

Tottenham have kept their powder dry to date this summer, while their title rivals have spent vast sums, with Manchester City spending £217million, United £165million and Chelsea £131million.

Pochettino denied that Levy was the key factor in the absence of any new signings, as he delivered some fascinating insight into how the White Hart Lane chief operates behind the scenes.

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“That is a very wrong perception,” said the Argentinean of Levy’s seeming reluctance to spend, as quoted by the Mirror. “In three years, my experience with Daniel has always been trying to find a player to improve the squad.

“The difference is were they the right or wrong signing? But I think Daniel is very keen to sign every season in my experience.

“When I first came, the transfer discussions were with Franco Baldini and then later Paul Mitchell. We have a lot of meetings, spontaneous meetings, talking every day on the training ground. I think we are all involved in the process, Daniel included.

“Of course the last decision is between Daniel and me if we sign the player. But we are all involved in the process to try to find the right player for us. But the thing is Daniel is very keen to sign players like me.”

Pochettino has insisted that Tottenham will bring in new recruits before the transfer window cut-off at the end of the month.

Spurs finished second in last season’s Premier League after accumulating their highest points tally in the history of the competition.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a Spurs player has jetted out on a private plane to hold transfer talks on a deal that is set to be completed in the coming hours.

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