Mauricio Pochettino's first Spurs signing: Five possibilities

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Tottenham Hotspur's new boss stilll hasn't made his first signing at White Hart Lane. In this piece we look at five players who it could be.

There is a renewed optimism around White Hart Lane, with the club having appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager last month.

Pochettino was impressive in his first stint in England, with Southampton, transforming the side from relegation strugglers to European hopefuls, playing a style of football that was the envy of most of the Premier League.

The Argentine instilled a high-pressing, attacking and free-flowing style at the Saints and, with an English core, won many plaudits for his side.

Now he will be looking to do the same at Spurs, but he will need additions if he is to adopt the same tactical approach at his new club.

Here we take a look at five possibilities that he could chose to make his first signing as Tottenham manager.

1) Jay Rodriguez - Southampton

It would come as a shock if Spurs weren’t interested in Jay Rodriguez. The club were known admirers of the attacker, even before Pochettino’s arrival, and it seems as if he would be an excellent fit at White Hart Lane.

The Englishman was one of the main protagonists in Pochettino’s Southampton side and he will add many of the attributes to Spurs’ side that they are looking for.

A versatile front-man, who can play on the wing or as a centre-forward, Rodriguez has pace, power and is comfortable in-front of goal – meaning he is able to provide chances for others and score himself.

He really came of age last season for Southampton and seemed destined to go to the World Cup with England this summer, before an injury cruelly ruled him out.

The former Burnley man scored 15 goals in the Premier League last campaign and Pochettino may well look for a reunion with Rodriguez at White Hart Lane.

2) Jackson Martinez – Porto

If Pochettino is really looking to announce his intentions of breaking into the top four at Spurs then there would be few better players to sign than Jackson Martinez.

The Colombian’s pace and power has provided Porto with a potent outlet for the last two seasons, with the front-man scoring 60 goals for the club in that time.

Spurs will be wanting to add a striker to the club this summer, with Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane the only options they have in that position at the moment and Martinez would be the ideal fit.

He would not be likely to come cheap, though, with Porto likely to demand a sizable fee for their prized asset.

3) Luke Shaw – Southampton

Spurs will almost certainly be looking to bring in a new left-back this summer, with the club’s current options limited.

It is likely, therefore, that they will be hoping to bring in Luke Shaw.

A bid for the Southampton youngster may be ambitious, with Manchester United also known to be interested, but he thrived under Pochettino before and that will be in Spurs’ advantage.

The stumbling block could be the £25 million fee that Saints are demanding for the 18-year-old, who is currently in Brazil with the England team, but if they are to secure his transfer it would be the perfect solution to their current problem at left-back.

4) Ander Herrera – Athletic Bilbao

It has been a while since Spurs were linked with the Spanish midfielder, but they may well renew their interest this summer.

Herrera appeared to be close to a move to England last summer, with Manchester United seemingly closing in on a deal, but he has remained in La Liga with Bilbao and gone on to further impress.

His energetic nature coupled with his supreme technical ability would be perfectly suited for Pochettino's style and he may be on the Argentine’s shortlist for this summer.

5) Fredy Guarin – Inter Milan

Another tireless midfielder who Spurs have been previously interested in, Fredy Guarin would add a great deal of quality to Spurs' team.

Tottenham reportedly tried to sign the Colombian for a £17 million fee in January, but could not agree a deal with Inter Milan.

However, if they have been deterred by that set-back and he would be a fantastic signing if Spurs could pull off the coup this summer.

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