By Matt Farr

Mauricio Pochettino has promised that Tottenham will take “risks” in the transfer market to plug the gap on big-spending rivals.

The former Southampton boss hinted that there would not be any big-money arrivals at White Hart Lane in January, adding that they can’t match the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in the transfer market.

But the manager stressed that Spurs will look at other ways to stay one step ahead of other teams.

He told the Sun: “When you compare us with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, at the moment it is very difficult to compete with them.

“The challenge is to be clever and to take risks. As we know, when you take risks in football, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

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“The market is difficult in January, the most important thing is to improve our level of performance.”

The north London club have spent big-money in the past, but the manager and chairman do not see eye-to-eye in the transfer market.

Chairman Daniel Levy is not so keen on spending big money on transfer fees and wages, and his reluctance to part with his cash in January is one of the reasons Tottenham can’t compete financially.

He has already set a hefty sum aside to build a new stadium for the club.

Meanwhile, the club’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who joined alongside Pochettino from Southampton, resigned from his position in August.

Mitchell was not happy with Levy’s stance on transfers, and quit the club – but will continue to advise Pochettino until the end of the season.

Tottenham are already 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, and three behind the top-four, while they were eliminated from the Champions League at the group-stage – a competition they tried so hard to qualify for last season.

Pochettino splashed the cash in the summer on several new players, but their performances so far this season have not been worth the money.

Tottenham pipped Everton at the last minute to land Moussa Sissoko for £30 million, but the ex-Newcastle winger has contributed no goals and just one assist from 12 games in all competitions.

Striker Vincent Janssen, meanwhile, signed for £17 million, but has yet to hit his stride in England, scoring just three goals from 20 appearances.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino is expected to hand this man a surprise start when Tottenham take on Hull on Wednesday night.