Spurs boss hints at imminent striker signing

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Tottenham are close to signing a striker, stating “we have our target, I think in the next few days maybe something will happen”.

Harry Kane is set to be Tottenham’s only senior forward at Manchester United tomorrow.

Emmanuel Adebayor is not in Pochettino’s plans and has not been given a squad number, while Roberto Soldado is also likely to be sold if an adequate offer is received - and the Spaniard has a back injury that makes him a doubt for the game at Old Trafford.

Pochettino was asked if he can understand the fans’ frustration that, while some of Tottenham’s rivals have invested heavily – Liverpool have spent £32.5million to add Christian Benteke to their front line, for example – Spurs have sold more players than they have bought and remain short of options up front as the season kicks off.

The head coach replied: “Maybe Liverpool tried to find their Harry Kane but we have Harry Kane, and I think the people are very happy that our striker is Harry Kane. If you want to sign some player to compete with or improve on Harry Kane it’s not easy.

“But we have our target, I think in the next few days maybe something [will] happen. No worries about that, and the people [don’t need] to worry about the team because we have a lot of good players that can play like a striker or in an offensive situation.

“We need to be more solid than last season because we scored a lot of goals but the problem was we conceded a lot of goals. If we are more solid maybe we can reduce the gap to the top four.”

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Pochettino is keen to recruit players with Premier League experience but accepts it is not always possible.

“My perspective, my vision is it is better to sign a player from England but it’s true that the market in England is crazy, it’s not easy,” he said. “It’s better to bring some players from England but it’s not easy, maybe you need to bring some players from Europe or America.”

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