Pochettino looks to offload in January

Big names, big wages mean nothing to Pochettino. He has assessed the squad, although there is still time for some to change opinion and has made his recommendations, which concur to a large extent with the views Tim Sherwood also gave Daniel Levy.

Pochettino looks to offload in January

The winter transfer window doesn't start in January, that's just the period of time you can actually sign players, much of the transfer work has already been done. We have heard recently for instance that Franco Baldini has reached agreement with PSG and Adrien Rabiot over a move.

With a new stadium round the corner, big earners not performing need to be shifted and replacements, probably on more modest wages brought in. The wage bill will have been set so the total of existing wages can be paid, they'll just be spread around differently.

Pochettino earmarked the centre of defence and the centre of midfield in the summer as two areas he needed to strengthen above others, apart from the left-back position. The goalkeeping position strengthening fell conveniently into our laps so we took advantage while we could. A new striker was considered a bonus given Rodriguez was injured and we wanted to sign him.

Federico Fazio and Eric Dier were added to the centre-back department, with Michael Dawson leaving and Hector Moreno was also a major target. The centre of defence still needs strengthening with Chiriches and Kaboul not good enough for top four football and Pochettino's reservations about Jan Vertonghen. Moreno may well join in January with Chiriches leaving but Eric Dier needs to be the fourth centre-back so two could well leave.

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The centre of midfield Pochettino had hoped to strengthen with the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin, but Southampton suddenly increased his price by £9 million after the World Cup when the fans were revolting, They perceived the club were selling too many players which demonstrates why clubs don't listen to supporters. Naturally we were not going to be held to ransom but he remains a prime target with Capoue, Paulinho and Dembele all available to interested parties.

The other main area for January purchases is up front where Tottenham want to rid themselves of Emmanuel Adebayor, however he is happy with the wage he is picking up, for at the moment a spot of training. Soldado looks like staying until the end of the season when a decision on his future will be made and further restructuring take place.

To buy, we have to not only free up non-home grown places in the Premier League squad (we have our full quota) but sell some players, who will be difficult to move, to raise some cash. Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Paulinho may be the easiest to relocate, along with Aaron Lennon but ideally we'd like to move Adebayor on and release his wages.

A busy few weeks for Baldini, we'll see the results of his work in a month.