Pochettino willing to spend £30m – but only on ‘right player’

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 10:37

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Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Tottenham would only now consider spending £30million on one player if that target could instantly become the club’s biggest star.

The Spurs manager has openly admitted he is looking to bring in a new centre forward to ease the burden on Harry Kane, with the likes of Jackson Martinez, Saido Berahino and Shane Long linked with moves to White Hart Lane.

The Argentinian appeared to distance himself from links to Berahino when questioned recently, while the club are also hesitant to sign Martinez going on reports in Saturday’s newspapers.

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Pochettino, however, had said he would think extremely carefully before spending the money and wants an extreme professional at the top of his game before he parts with the club’s cash.

“For me when you spend more than 15 to 18 million, first you need to bring good things, like good behaviour, responsibility, discipline, professionalism,” he said.

“Then he should have enough quality to improve the squad, that’s very important.

“If we spend 20 to 30 million, we need to be sure this type of player represents a (Gareth) Bale or (Cristiano) Ronaldo for Real Madrid, or (Lionel) Messi or Neymar for Barcelona.

“We need to speak about the player that is our best player, and needs to help us achieve a lot of things.

“It’s impossible to sign a player for this amount and need to wait for performances. It’s impossible.”

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