Mauricio Pochettino admits he is keen to add to his attacking options at Tottenham Hotspur, but he won’t be making any rash signings before the deadline.
Defenders Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer have been added to the White Hart Lane ranks this summer, but with seven senior players leaving during the same period, the squad is looking particularly thin. This appears to be a problem up front more than any other area, especially as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are also expected to leave.
This would leave Harry Kane as the only recognised striker available to Pochettino, although a deal is close which would see Lyon starlet Clinton Njie join for around £12million but at just 21-years-old, it would be unjust to expect too much of him just yet. The Cameroon international, who has six goals in 11 caps for his country, only became a regular at club level last term.
Pochettino believes he has other options capable of supporting or even replacing Kane should the need arise, yet this is hardly likely to fill the supporters with confidence. The Argentine coach has indicated that he has cash available for the right player should they come along, but he is reluctant to spend before the transfer window closes next month just for the sake of it.
“I think we need one more striker and we have different players that can play like a striker,” he said. “We have different offensive players that can play in different options, but I think we don’t need too much players to bring in. We are working to take the right profile, the right player. But we don’t take a rash decision. We wait for the good opportunity to bring in.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham have been linked with a move for Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda. The 29-year-old is currently plying his trade in Italy with Milan, but is on the fringes of the first team picture at the San Siro. Reports in the land of Serie A claim the Londoners have made the set-piece specialist a potential target, but could face competition from Everton.
The influx of new defenders at the capital club appears to have made Federico Fazio surplus to requirements. The Argentine only joined Spurs last summer in an £8million deal from Sevilla, and although he made 31 appearances in his debut season, he wasn’t even on the bench for the Premier League opener last weekend and is wanted by West Bromwich Albion.