Tottenham Hotspur head into the new year with a new head coach in charge of the club for the first time in a long time, after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in North London.
Poch lasted over five years at Tottenham before feeling the wrath of a Daniel Levy firing, and he rarely dipped into the January transfer market. Dele Alli and Lucas Moura are two exceptions in recent years.
However, if the reports are to be believed, Jose Mourinho may well go on a mini spending spree in the new year in order to put his own mark on the squad.
Sky Sports have reported that the Special One is looking for three new players in the January window, but under certain conditions.
He is said to want a left-sided centre-back, but only if a current player leaves the club first. Mourinho also wants a new right-back and a new versatile attacker.
Reporter Paul Gilmour said: “Tottenham are looking for a left centre-back for January but only if one of their current players leaves first, with their current left-footed centre-half Jan Vertonghen entering the last six months of his contract.
“Spurs are willing to spend a sizeable fee on one too – and Sky Sports News understands there is interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and West Ham’s Issa Diop.
“The club are also looking for a new right-back, having explored their options in this position during the summer. Napoli’s Elseid Heysaj and Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai were two players of interest to them then. Again, a decent budget of more than £20m will be available for this position.
“They are also understood to be on the hunt for a new versatile attacking player like Heung-Min Son, and they have been tracking the highly-rated Gremio forward Everton Soares. Jack Clarke has also returned from his loan at Leeds and will be assessed.
“In terms of outgoings, Christian Eriksen’s future remains very uncertain along with Vertonghen, while Victor Wanyama could leave after coming close to doing so in August.”
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