Pochettino responds when asked about Tottenham's failed deadline day move for Moussa Dembele


Mauricio Pochettino has tried to avoid questions about Tottenham's interest in signing Fulham striker Moussa Dembele.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Sky Sports that he is happy with his squad - and avoided questions about Moussa Dembele.

Spurs didn't sign any players during the January transfer window, but it made no difference on Tuesday night, as Spurs thumped Norwich 3-0 at Carrow Road, thanks to a goal from Dele Alli and a Harry Kane brace.

The result pushed Tottenham above North London rivals Arsenal, but they still sit five points off top spot after wins for Leicester City and Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Many fans had expected Spurs to sign a new striker to cover for Harry Kane, but no deal went through on deadline day - despite speculation surrounding a move for Fulham's Moussa Dembele.

Dembele, 19, has scored 11 goals in 29 games for Fulham this season, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Spurs had been linked with a cut-price deal in January.

The London Evening Standard reported on deadline day that, despite Dembele undergoing a medical with Spurs, the deal fell through because Tottenham wouldn't loan the teenager back to Fulham for the rest of the season.

After the final whistle at Norwich, Pochettino was asked by Sky Sports about the collapse of a deal for Dembele, and he was coy about the matter, stating that he is happy with his squad and wants everybody at White Hart Lane to feel important as Spurs pursue the Premier League title.

"I don't want to speak in public about the rumours about a player," said Pochettino. "I am very happy with the squad that we have. Always I repeat the same; if we can improve the squad then we are open and he is welcome."

"But sometimes it is not right, and sometimes it is better to have a settled squad but a strong mentality and working hard. We need to have the feeling that everyone is important for the team. I think we have enough quality and this squad is made for every competition," he added.

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