Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he needs to strengthen Spurs' attacking line-up. the north London club have only signed former Manchester United defender Ezekiel Fryers so far this window, with Schalke 04 midfielder Lewis Holtby set to join in the summer.

There has been speculation over Holtby being transferred ahead of schedule, following the potentially season-ending injury to Brazil midfielder Sandro but there is no confirmation of that as yet.

Andre Villas Boas (Source: Reuters)
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hints at striker signings in January

England international Jermain Defoe is the only senior striker at White Hart Lane, following Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor's departure for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. The forme Chelsea boss does have American Clint Dempsey though but the ex-Fulham player is not a natural striker and cover for Defoe would be a welcome addition to the squad as they look to secure Champions League football for next season.

"We are in the same position as we were at the start of the season, when Adebayor was injured. We went six or seven games with Clint and Defoe up front who built a very good partnership as you saw in the match against Man United," the Portuguese explained in a talkSport report, adding, "Obviously it's a difficult situation but that doesn't mean that we won't do anything in the transfer market. We are also aware of the risk that it entails though, so we'll just have to be careful."

Spurs have been linked with Brazil forward Leandro Damiao, after AVB admitted his interest. The Daily mail also links the club to Spanish international David Villa, although his club, FC Barcelona, have ruled out a mid-season transfer.

AVB Pleased with United Point

Meanwhile, the manager also claimed Spurs deserved a point from Sunday's Premier League fixture against United. Dempsey scored a stoppage-time equaliser at the Lane, to cancel out Robin van Persie's first half goal. The 1-1 result, coupled with Manchester City's 2-0 win at home to Fulham sees Sir Alex Ferguson's lead at the top cut to five points. Spurs retain fourth place, four behind European champions Chelsea.

"We want to win. We understand against a team like United you are not going to go two or three goals up. But we managed to at least get a point and I think a deserved point. It might be the game where United have the least opportunities ever in the Premier League. It gives you a boost playing so well and getting the goal in the last minute," AVB said after the game.