Tottenham didn't buy in summer window because targets were 'unaffordable' - Pochettino

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld battle for the ball during the Premier League match at London Stadium

Levy, who is preparing to move the north London club into a new home, recently attended a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and explained the reason behind their bare summer and whether they'll be active this coming January.

'One thing to make clear, ' said Pochettino. That was impossible. I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, 25 players. Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up, or to change the dynamic in the dressing room.

"At the same time we are realistic and with all the circumstance we suffered in the summer, with the World Cup and the players that arrived the week before the start of the season, the challenge was bigger for everyone".

Well-publicised efforts to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa or Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace were not successful.

Their scouts have also been closely monitoring Brentford Ollie Watkins and, according to reports this week, Blackburn's Bradley Dack.

"But if you can not achieve what you need or want, [making signings] because you need to make happy people or act like all the clubs, I think that is not common sense".

'Maybe you have the money but not enough to sign what you need or want. It's unclear whether or not they'll be in the starting XI, but you can read on to get our predictions on both players.

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Dele Alli and Danny Rose are ruled out for at least another week and Jan Vertonghen is a longer term absentee.

Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and the club have issued a full team news and injury update ahead of the game including the latest on the fitness of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen.

"It will be a tough month of competition for us", he said.

"There are a lot of games ahead and it's so important to have almost all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options to rotate and share the games".

Under his guidance Spurs have climbed the Premier League table in each of his first three seasons finishing fifth (2014/15), third (2015/16), second (2016/17) before falling back to third last season.

Premier League football returns this weekend and Tottenham will be looking to continue their good form with another positive result against West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

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