Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hints at late transfer activity

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Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Tottenham are ready to act in the final days of the January transfer window.

Pochettino suggested recently that Spurs – who have not signed a player in the winter window since Dele Alli in 2015 when the midfielder was immediately loaned straight back to MK Dons to finish that season – would not recruit in January.

But after surviving an FA Cup scare to draw 1-1 at lowly Newport, Pochettino admitted Spurs do have some options before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night.

“Of course we have some options,” Tottenham manager Pochettino said.

“We are going in the last few days to see if we can add players that add good quality.

“If not then it won’t happen. But it’s about in the next few days to see if we have some possibilities with some players.”

Tottenham have been strongly linked with a pre-deadline day move for Paris St Germain winger Lucas Moura.

But it is understood that the French club want a fee in the region of £23million for the 25-year-old Brazilian.

Asked specifically about Moura, Pochettino replied: “There’s a lot of rumours about different players and I never talk about rumours.

“But we’ll see what happens in the last few days.”

Pochettino was relieved to force a fourth-round replay after admitting Spurs “did not match the motivation, desire, fight and challenge of Newport”.

County were the best side in the first half at a fervent Rodney Parade and Irish striker Padraig Amond headed them into a deserved 38th-minute lead.

Spurs upped the pressure in the final half-hour and Harry Kane’s 30th goal of the season eight minutes from time denied the Welsh club what would have been their most famous victory.

But a Wembley replay is set to boost Newport’s bank balance further and Exiles boss Mike Flynn believes the Sky Bet League Two club could make as much as £700,000 out of their cup run.

Flynn said: “I’m sure the chairman will be happy and the whole of Newport should be happy because they’ve just seen one of the best results in the club’s history.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere – the best I’ve ever experienced at Rodney Parade.

“It is huge financially for us.

“I’m hoping it (the replay) is on TV again because that will mean an extra bit of money and in League Two it really is needed.

“It is not a sob story, but this money will allow us to lay foundations now for the future and do things right.

“We’ve got a good bunch of people running the club and I’m sure they’ll make the right decisions.”

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