Tottenham: Is Jose Mourinho back to his old tricks?
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is waiting for the go-ahead from chairman Daniel Levy to be able to make two signings next month, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Mourinho’s Tottenham side currently sit sixth in the Premier League table following a run of just one win in six matches in the competition.
Spurs were top up until last week’s late 2-1 defeat to leaders Liverpool at Anfield.
Despite the recent dip in results, it has been a fine start to the season for the north London club.
Spurs made several new signings in the summer, including midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, full-backs Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty, and winger Gareth Bale.
However, Mourinho is still keen to add players to his squad in the January transfer window.
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Castles claims the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager wants to bring in a midfielder and a central defender.
However, Levy is yet to confirm if the funds are available to spend next month.
“From what I understand, there is a bit of scepticism from Mourinho’s side that Daniel Levy will support him in the window,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“Although Levy has told operators in the transfer market that he’s ready to spend, from what I understand Mourinho hasn’t got the green light yet as to what the budget will be and which of those positions that he’s identified as being crucial to broaden the tactical options of the team [he can bring in].
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“[The positions are] a box-to-box midfielder who’s more capable of knitting the play than the options they have at present, and a fast left-footed centre-back who will allow them to play with a higher line against stronger opposition.
“So he’s waiting to hear on that.”
Meanwhile, Bale has struggled for regular first-team football since his romantic return to the club from Real Madrid.
The Wales international has scored just one Premier League goal in four appearances for Spurs.
But former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson says Bale must be given time to reach top form.
“I think they have had to bring him in sporadically,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He got a couple of full games under his belt in Europe and it will take him time to come into that starting 11.
“They are paying a lot of money for his wages this season so I am certain he will be utilised. I have no doubt that he will be a big success this season.”
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