Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly unwilling to spend money this January as he is unsure of the quality of players which will be available in the winter transfer window, according to

The former Chelsea manager will reportedly be given a £40m war chest to spend in January, but AVB is likely to pass on the opportunity and instead drive his time to gel his players in what is comparatively a new look squad. Spurs have brought in seven players this summer, having sold Gareth Bale for a record fee of £86m to Real Madrid and are yet to hit full gear owing to the stream of changes.

AVB brought in Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli to White Hart Lane last summer and is in the market for a striker and a left back in January. Tottenham are keeping an eye on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and are willing to spend up to £28m for his signature. Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe have failed to live up to their expectations this season and are likely to be offloaded if they attract interest. This will leave Soldado as Tottenham's lone man up front, which will be a slight worry for AVB as the Spaniard has scored only one goal from open play in the league thus far.

However, should they fail to attract top talent, AVB is willing to wait till the summer when they will have a better pool of players to look forward to and will be a preferred destination for most players if they manage to attain Champions League football. Meanwhile, AVB has revealed that his record signing Eric Lamela is struggling to assert himself in the Premier League as he can't speak the language. The Italian is yet to start in the Premier League but AVB believes that it is only a matter of time before he comes good.

"We have been speaking a lot with him. I think getting acquainted to the Premier League is important but he doesn't know the language. [Roberto] Soldado had some knowledge of the language before (he came) so it was a little bit easier for him. With Erik it was a little bit more difficult but we have given him massive, massive help and his family arrived this week," AVB explained.