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Squad trimming far more likely for Spurs than seeing trio arrive

| 01.02.2015

There are few clubs who enjoy transfer deadline day more than Tottenham, who tend to come alive with last-gasp signings having spent the rest of the month in a slumber.

As the latest edition of shopping season nears its conclusion, the north London club are again linked with a frenetic finish, with the Sun on Sunday reporting Mauricio Pochettino has £60m to spend in the final 24 hours of the winter window.

The paper suggests the former Southampton manager will use that warchest to bring in his former player, Jay Rodriguez, Paris Saint Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte.

While all three would surely help the Lilywhites’ 6/1 odds to finish in the top four shrivel, it seems unlikely that the trio will arrive at White Hart Lane unless the club can first trim down a bloated squad.

As Pochettino concluded after the recent 3-0 win over West Brom, he currently has 27 players in his first-team squad and only 18 spaces available on a matchday.

Bumping those numbers up to 30 with a last-minute trolley dash won’t help the Argentine in his bid to keep his squad happy.

Should he wish to land the three men, he’ll first have to help Daniel Levy cut what is becoming a lengthy fringe at the club.

Aaron Lennnon is reportedly in talks with Hull, but Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul could all be wary of being sold in order to clear room for Rodriguez, Cabaye and Laporte.

It could be quite a busy day for the White Hart Lane club.

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Matt Wiggins

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