Pochettino has “better targets” than Barkley

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Dom Le Roy

An article in the London Evening Standard says Tottenham did not rival Chelsea for the signature of long-term target Ross Barkley because they feel they can sign better players in the summer.

The article describes how Barkley completed a £15million move to Stamford Bridge last week after a deal broke down on transfer deadline day last summer, with the player deciding to focus on his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.

It goes on to say the 24-year-old, who was entering the final six-months of his contract, was also wanted by us, with Spurs first registering their interest in the midfielder back in December 2016 and we were expected to renew interest this month, but the Evening Standard understands that we opted against an approach with Mauricio Pochettino believing better options will be available this summer.

The article goes on to say on signing Barkley, manager Antonio Conte said: “He can have good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided on this investment also for his contract.
“He’s very young. He has a lot of space for improvement. He’s very strong physically, good technique. He’s a good prospect but at the same time, it will be very important to understand when he can recover from his injury.”

So Pochettino has other targets in mind, but not until the summer. Does that mean another quiet January for us. Let us know your thoughts

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  1. I think we need an extra player, even if we let one or two go that Pochettino isn't using or someone like Sissoko, who isn't adding much. It we can get someone it to compete with Eriksen and Alli, neither who have been on fire this season, then a few extra goals and creativity, with Alderweireld back, might be the difference between top 4 and being back in the Europa League with Arsenal, who I tip to finish 6th this year. Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd, just have more options than us and our lack of spending will catch up with us if we stand still (new stadium or not).

  2. Levy was hoping for a cheap buy in.Chelsea outsmarted him again.I am so looking forward to these new targets all of whom will be bought with the promise of the Europa league.With the new stadium opening I would have thought that a serious attempt to get into the top 4 would have resulted in at least one major signing by now .

  3. About time we got a striker or midfielder who can support Harry and Son, Llorente is too predictable. Maybe a guy who is quite tall say6'4 + so the experienced defenders cannot tell if Kane is to mark or him. Must be a tall German or Berbato. Type out there.


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