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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants settled squad for start of pre-season

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham finished third in the Premier League last season, but will be looking to finish even higher this term.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino wants a settled squad before his Tottenham side begin their pre-season

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoken exclusively to the club's official website, and explained his desire to have a settled squad in time for the start of pre-season.

Spurs have been linked with numerous players from all over the continent this summer, and the Argentine spoke to tottenhamhotspur.com about how he wants a settled group to begin their pre-season:

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) talks to Danny Rose during training Pochettino is looking to strengthen his forward line

"Now we are in the middle of the summer and it's very important to start the pre-season with all clear, with our squad and the players focused on the start of the season. It's always important to do well and be ready to compete. It's always important to start good."

The North London outfit seem to be actively trying to recruit as early as possible this summer, and Pochettino's words support this theory. They have been linked with Ligue 1 stars Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi, with failed bids for the pair being reported.

Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen is a rumoured transfer target for Spurs


AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen seems to be a more concrete target for Spurs, with the club having reportedly held discussions with the player.

With the Lilywhites so heavily reliant on Harry Kane last term, it seems as though Pochettino has identified the centre-forward postion as an area he needs to strengthen and is moving early to try and secure someone to provide competition to the England international marksman.

The Tottenham boss will be determined to avoid a repeat of last season when his side started sluggishly, winning one of their opening five games. Having a settled squad before they begin pre-season training will go a long way to helping them achieve a better start to the 2016/17 campaign. 

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and their players look dejected after defeatMauricio Pochettino will be hoping to achieve more success at Spurs over the next few seasons

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