How Koeman's comments about January affect Tottenham's transfer plans

Tottenham Hotspur will struggle to sign Jay Rodriguez after Ronald Koeman's latest comments.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed his January transfer plans and it’s not good news for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Saints boss has confirmed that he’s looking to add a striker rather than selling Tottenham linked Jay Rodriguez, which means Mauricio Pochettino will have to think again if he wants to land the England international.

“I don’t think that we need a defender, I don’t think that we need a midfielder,” said the Dutchman.

“It is only up-front we do not have a lot of options. I was waiting to have Jay Rodriguez back in January but his set-back means now that we need another one.”

Rodriguez has been strongly linked with Spurs since last summer, when they tried to sign him from the south coast club but the Saints have acted within their rights in rejecting approaches.

It’s a blow for Spurs because when fit, Rodriguez has the ability to become one of the freest scoring Englishman in the Premier League.

However, it wouldn’t make any sense at all for Koeman to now commission a deal for Tottenham which would make a problem he’s admitted to even worse.

It also doesn’t make sense for the Saints to sell a player who is potentially going to give them a boost in relation to their top six chances should he return at some point later in the second half of the season.

Tottenham could well look at signing Rodriguez again in the future, but they’ll have to revisit things in the summer at the earliest.

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