Spurs boss Tim Sherwood does not want any new arrivals.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has revealed that he will not use any players signed without his consent on transfer deadline day.
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Spurs are traditionally active on the final day of the transfer window, with chairman Daniel Levy famous for his last-minute, bargain buys.
There were suggestions that Levy and technical director Franco Baldini foisted unwanted players on Sherwood’s predecessor Andre Villas-Boas this summer, as Spurs splurged over £100m on seven new signings.
But Sherwood has insisted he simply won’t play any new arrivals signed without his consent.
“They can bring them in, they won’t play,” the 44-year-old said in a press conference today.
“We’re in it together. They talk about players, we all talk about players together, and unless we’re all in agreement they won’t come in. There’s no point bringing players in that I don’t sanction, because they’re not going to play.”
But Sherwood insisted any late deals were extremely unlikely and revealed he had refused Levy’s offers of new players.
“It’s very very unlikely, unless something dramatic happens,” said Sherwood. “Certainly I’m happy with the squad, happy with the numbers. If it [the window] closed now I’d be fine.
“To be fair Daniel’s always asking: ‘Are you sure you don’t need to strengthen in this area? Can I help you in this or that area?’. I’m saying: ‘Look, I’m confident in the players we’ve got and I don’t need any help to strengthen, thanks very much’.
“I think I’ve said from day one that we’ve got a lot of players at the club, and I’ve not changed my opinions just because it’s deadline day.
“I know it’s hectic out there, I know the fans will be out there and they’ll want another 10 signings, but believe me it’s not always the correct way to go about it – just to buy players and throw them at a manager.”
Jermain Defoe is set to depart for Toronto FC on 28 February, which will leave Sherwood with just two senior strikers in Emmanuel Adebayor and the misfiring Roberto Soldado.
Spurs were reportedly considering a move to re-sign Dimitar Berbatov but Sherwood, who has suggested using Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli up-front, said a replacement for Defoe was not needed.
“Lionel Messi would be great, wouldn’t he. He’d be brilliant, let’s hope we can get him at the 11th hour, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
“Fans will want strikers. What they’ve got to look at is that we signed seven players in the summer, and not a lot of teams have done that. We’ve spent an awful lot of money, so we’re strong enough.
“As I’ve said we’ve got strikers at the moment who can do the job, and I’ve got confidence in the numbers that we’ve got here between now and the end of the season.
“We need some of them [our players] to gel. It’s like putting a jigsaw together and hopefully we’ve got some players who are coming back to fitness, which is very important for us, and I’ve got real trust in this squad to take us where the club want to go.”
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