Tottenham Hotspur can pursue any player in world football - starting in the January transfer window, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine boss believes the north London team are an "attractive" proposition for any player on the planet.
Spurs take on West Ham United on Sunday [22 November] looking to close the gap to local rivals Arsenal and extend their unbeaten league run to 12 matches. The outstanding start to the campaign comes in Pochettino's second campaign at White Hart Lane and has the club dreaming of a top four finish.
Pochettino was appointed in May 2014 with the fall-out from the sale of Gareth Bale having led to a torrid campaign under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood. The Tottenham boss has turned the club around inside 18 months and he now believes they can sign any player during the upcoming January window.
"We only have a few places left [in the squad]. It is impossible to bring 20 or 30 players in," Pochettino said, according to Sky Sports. "But today Tottenham is a very attractive club, not only for youngsters but all players. The way we respect the players, the way we try to play - for the big players and the young players it is a fantastic club.
"Tottenham today is one of the most attractive clubs in the world for all players, not just young players. We are starting to be attractive. Tottenham are a name at home and in Europe and now we need to be clever to improve."
One of the trademarks of Tottenham's impressive start to their Premier League campaign has been Pochettino's continued policy of entrusting younger players with first team responsibility. Harry Kane and Ryan Mason were among those players to benefit last term, with both players going on to win their England debuts, with Dele Alli the latest to break through following the completion of his permanent move from Milton Keynes Dons.
But despite being hailed for deploying his young players so successfully, Pochettino admits chairman chairman Daniel Levy has also played his part."We feel very proud but it is not our or my secret," he added. "Our philosophy is not about one person, it is about the team and the club.
"The players deserve first credit because it is always up to them to take the tools we provide. We need to congratulate first the player and then all the staff and also the president. He believes in this project and he turned the club in this way one and a half years ago."