Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy insist they are satisfied with the club's summer transfer business, defending the failed pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
The North London side made 22-year-old Berahino a priority signing in the final weeks of the window, but saw four offers for the player, thew final two coming within hours of Tuesday's transfer deadline, firmly rejected by West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace. The saga ended on a sour note for all involved, with Berahino tweeting that he intends to never play for the Baggies again and Peace criticising Tottenham's attempts to secure the striker on a structured deal and bemoaning the timing of the offers.
There was dissatisfaction at Tottenham too with supporters left disappointed over the club's failure to enlist the services of a striker to share the burden with Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust issued a statement on 2 September, calling for a '"credible explanation" for the failures in the market.
But having added Clinton Njie and Heung-Min Son to the ranks in addition to the defensive acquisitions of Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer at White Hart Lane, Pochettino insists he has no worries over the club's apparent lack of depth in attack.
"In Dele [Alli], Son and Clinton we have three young, fast and exciting players who can play in several different attacking positions, giving us good options," Pochettino explained via a statement released through the club's official website.
"All of them had impressive seasons in their respective leagues last season and we are excited about their potential, alongside that of our current players.
"I have been very clear that we would only add players that we felt would improve us and if any one player was not possible then I prefer we do not add for the sake of it. Much has been said about us only having one recognised striker in Harry. I don't accept this at all. The positional play of today's forwards means it's too simplistic to look for goals from any one position – playing a fluid style means players switch. Also we secured Son and Clinton in the knowledge that we may not be adding any other forward."
While not mentioning the player by name, chairman Levy strongly defended Tottenham's attempts to prise Berahino from the Hawthorns, defending the club's transfer strategy and refusing to apologise for ambition.
"Firstly, there is hardly a transfer concluded across Europe which doesn't include staged payments," Levy said. "This is particularly so when significant amounts such as £20m-£30m are involved – players don't come cheaply these days.
"Secondly, we do not make anything personal. None of the proposals, discussions or negotiations we undertake involve any personal elements or ego - everything we do is in the interest of what is best for our club.
"Thirdly, we never make anything public, particularly in the best interests of the players involved. Making aspects such as transfer requests public is wholly disrespectful to a player.
"Our pragmatic player trading has been important in the way we have run the business of the club and in getting us to the position where we have now been able to start work on a new stadium – the one thing that has the ability to take this club to the next level of competitiveness. I make no apologies for being ambitious for our club and looking to deliver future success for our fans."