By Harry Sykes

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it is difficult for Tottenham to sign proven Premier League stars.

The Spurs manager explained it is “not easy” for Spurs to beat better resourced clubs in the race for the most coveted players in the English top flight.

Pochettino made the major transfer admission as he assessed the possibility of the London club landing the brightest Premier League talents.

Spurs have been strongly linked in recent weeks with £30million-plus summer pursuits of Everton playmaker Ross Barkley and Crystal Palace wide man Wilfried Zaha.

Last summer, Tottenham signed five players, two of whom, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko, had considerable experience of the Premier League from their time at Southampton and Newcastle respectively.

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Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and goalkeeper Pau Lopez have made little or no impact since their arrivals from the Dutch, French and Spanish leagues.

“There is a good reason [to sign Premier League players] but it’s not easy to find the right player for us in the English market,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“Sometimes you need to guess, and sometimes you need to compete with different clubs who want the same player as you. It is not easy for us.

“In the English market, it is difficult to find the right profile of player to add, and when you sign players from other leagues it is always a big question mark.”

Tottenham are second in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s fixtures but are known to operate under tighter financial constraints than the other teams in the top six even though Pochettino has always said that he is happy with the resources available to him in the transfer market.

“Sometimes it is the situation that you cannot compete with another club,” Pochettino said to the Standard. “That is something everyone knows. But I think we are strong because we are a team.

“So our focus is on players who want to be part of the project, and feel they need to play in a certain context.

“They need to be willing to train hard and show the disciplinary standards that we set.”

In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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