The Argentine is looking to sign Clyne and Rodriguez.
After being appointed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino now wants to sign Southampton duo Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez, according to talkSPORT.
Pochettino became Tim Sherwood’s successor at White Hart Lane and signed a five-year deal with the north London club.
The Argentine will be given the backing of the board and chairman Daniel Levy will look to free up funds for the 42-year-old to put his own stamp on the Spurs squad.
Having been in charge at St Mary’s for 16 months previously it’s perhaps little surprise that Pochettino is looking to see which Saints players would fit in at his new club.
Rodriguez was one of the most impressive players in the Premier League in 2013/14, scoring 15 goals in 33 appearances despite operating primarily from the left flank, before being struck down with a cruciate ligament injury that has ruled the 24-year-old out of the 2014 World Cup.
Despite that Pochettino still wants the England international at Tottenham, with the forward having the ability to play anywhere in the final third and injecting some attacking verve into a lacklustre forward line.
Meanwhile Clyne could be the ideal candidate to fill the problem right-back area for the north Londoners, where they have failed to find a suitable player for some time.
As athletic as Kyle Walker is there are still question marks over the Englishman’s defensive capabilities, whilst namesake Kyle Naughton looks below par and is likely to be sold.
Whilst Clyne has shared the role on the south coast with Calum Chambers, the 23-year-old is still highly rated and both players would probably welcome a reunion with Pochettino – a manager they have a very good relationship with.
Adam Lallana is also on the South American’s wishlist.
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