Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is still hoping of adding a player to his squad who can play in "the second line of offence" before the summer transfer window closes.
On Thursday (25 August), it emerged Tottenham had made a reported £15m bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, an offer that was swiftly blocked by Palace chairman Steve Parish who insisted there was zero possibility of the player being sold.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew confirmed the player had approached him after hearing of Tottenham's interest but echoed the chairman's comments that no deal would take place.
Tottenham have added just two players to their squad this summer in Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen and former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, with deals for Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez hanging in the balance.
But with Tottenham gearing up for their first Champions League campaign in five years, Pochettino is keen to ensure his side are fully stocked up-front. Speaking at a press conference ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool, the Argentine did not mention Zaha by name, but did break down what sort of player he is looking to sign.
"We have improved because now we have two strikers and now I think we need some players in the second line of offence to help the team compete better, and have more quality in the squad, because it will be very tough season with us with the Champions League and very tough competitions," Pochettino told reporters, the Independent report.
Tottenham landed a somewhat favourable draw for their Champions League campaign, managing to avoid many of Europe's elite. The north Londoners were drawn in Group E alongside Russian champions CSKA Moscow, Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco of Ligue 1 and will be expected to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament.