Tottenham Hotspur are planning to sell four of their first-team players to fund their January spending plans, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino appears to have finally lost patience in his squad and he is planning a January clear-out.
Spurs have made a torrid start to the season, losing four of their first six home games, and Pochettino is now planning a fire-sale in the new year.
The quartet are amongst some of the worst performers in a seriously under-performing Spurs squad and it seems that Pochettino has decided that he no longer wants them to be in his squad.
The Argentine boss has reportedly been told that he will not have a big budget to bring in the players that he is intending to in January, so he is having to raise the funds by selling players.
Pochettino wants to sign Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin off Southampton in January, but the £40 million price-tag for the pair is proving a stumbling block.
The hope is that by selling the four players they will get close to that amount, though, and Pochettino feels that his starting line-up will lose no quality if they do allow them to leave.
Townsend has been linked with Southampton over the summer, whilst Paulinho could depart back to his homeland.
Chiriches has also had some interest in him from Italian clubs recently, meaning that finding suitors for the up-for-sale group should not be too difficult, despite their poor form.
In truth, Pochettino could have put any number of members of his current squad up for grabs and few complaints could have been made.
There appears to be a worrying apathy within the squad, which has been playing below its expected quality for far too long.
A freshen up is unquestionably needed at White Hart Lane and Pochettino will be hoping that this planned shake-up will have its desired impact on the squad.