By Russell Edge

9th Dec, 2017 | 1:30pm

Tottenham eye shrewd January swoop as Pochettino reveals transfer plans

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that his side will have to box clever in the January transfer market as he revealed he is not planning for major spending.

Spurs left it late over the summer window, with the Argentine manager eventually seeing five new faces through the door at the club as they looked to improve on a second placed league finish this season.

While their performances in Europe have shown a marked improvement, going from being knocked out in the Europa League to winning a Champions League group including current holders Real Madrid, they have seen their domestic form slip, currently sitting in sixth after just one win in their last six league games.

With the January market just around the corner, Pochettino has said that there is no way that Spurs would be able to compete with their Premier League rivals for signings, and that they would have to eye shrewd signings to improve their squad moving forward.

He told the Independent: “Maybe we need to sign the player in January and they can join in the summer, so six months before. You need to be clever.

“Because if we are going to compete in the same period with Man City, Man United, Liverpool or Chelsea, then we are going to struggle to bring the players we want.

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“In January it’s so difficult to find the right profile of the player to add in this transfer window to help you achieve what you want.

“We are at a club that needs to anticipate. We cannot be reactive because if we are, we are going to lose.”

Spurs broke their transfer record over the summer with the capture of centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, with a deal in the region of £42million, while they also brought in Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga and Fernando Llorente.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are eyeing up a swoop for a frustrated under-21 speed machine.

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