By Harry Sykes

Tottenham target Isco will not be leaving Real Madrid during the January window, according to a reliable journalist.

Spanish broadcaster Guillem Balague gave an update on the 24-year-old during a question-and-answer session on the Sky Sports La Liga Twitter account.

Asked for the latest on the Spain international, transfer expert Balague replied that Isco “won’t go in January”, although his long-term future is in doubt as he is out of contract at Real in the summer of 2018.

The Mirror claimed last week that Spurs still had Isco “in their sights” after tracking him closely during the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan of the attacking midfielder and that the attacking midfielder is currently considering his options after completing 90 minutes just twice under manager Zinedine Zidane.

 

Pochettino has claimed he is in the market for something “special” in the January market but does not anticipate a major flurry of transfer activity at White Hart Lane.

Despite Isco not being considered a first choice starter under Zidane, he has still made 19 appearances for the Spanish giants this season, scoring four goals and providing our assists across 1,020 minutes of action.

In total, the 15-times international has made 168 appearances for Real, scoring 26 goals and supplying 39 assists.

Football Insider verdict: 

Pochettino has said he is on the alert for someone ‘special’ and Isco certainly falls into that category. An A-list playmaker, he might not be numero uno at super-club Real, but he would certainly be a regular starter in Tottenham’s impressive young side. With Spurs emerging as genuine title contenders following their landmark win over Chelsea last week, which capped a run of five consecutive wins, a mega bid for Isco could make the player, and Real, sit up and take notice. Pochettino’s standing across Europe is also increasing by the week, and top players are increasingly likely to want to play for him.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to the reported interest in defender Pepe.