Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told The Guardian that chief scout Steve Hitchen watched Liverpool versus Everton on Sunday – and hinted at a 'big surprise' in January.
Pochettino will be looking for an instant response, especially as he is about to enter such a busy period of games with a thin and injury-hit Spurs squad.
It's imperative that Spurs do finally bring in some new signings in January, having failed to make any signings over the summer, and they appear to be making plans already.
Pochettino initially only wanted to talk about how Liverpool fans reacted to Arsenal winning, but was eventually asked just why Tottenham's chief scout was at the game in the first place – to which he offered a hugely exciting hint to Spurs fans.
“Be careful,” said Pochettino when asked about Hitchen's presence at Anfield. “There is maybe a big surprise in January,” he added.
Pochettino is rarely one to talk about transfers, so he may just be winding fans up, but this appears to be the Tottenham's most exciting transfer hint so far as Spurs boss.
Everton and Liverpool will now be on alert for Spurs attempting to make moves for their players in 2019, though it's unclear just who Tottenham could feasibly lure away from Merseyside.