Spurs set to strike
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is desperate to add a striker to his Tottenham squad before the season starts.
By Rebecca Stephenson
Last Updated: 06/08/12 2:11pm
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is desperate to add a striker to his Tottenham Hotspur squad before the season starts, but insists he will not be rushed into an expensive mistake.
The Tottenham manager has been left with Jermain Defoe as his only senior striker following the departure of Louis Saha and the failure to secure Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal.
He is currently utilising 19-year-old Harry Kane in the club's pre-season fixtures, although the youngster has yet to make his Premier League debut.
But despite the lack of options and time before their opening game against Newcastle on August 18th the new manager insists he will not resort to panic buying.
He said: "In this market it's important to make good, sound bids, not just to do anything for the sake of it.
"We are hopefully moving in the market in the next couple of days or weeks.
"We are trying to deal with the market. Lots of teams are having difficulty, there's not a lot of money around and teams try to hold onto their assets as best they can.
"We're just trying to make the best decisions possible before the start of the league - hopefully trying to solve the issue with one more striker before the Newcastle game.
"It's funny because last January everybody was expecting one big move to trigger all of the others and it didn't happen, so I think it's just a sign of the difficult financial situation in all of Europe. It spreads out into football.
"The Premier League is obviously the richest league in the world and clubs are trying to be able to move the market. Some can and others are trying to trigger that move, but that doesn't mean it will happen."