Nuno Espirito Santo delivers update on ‘imminent’ Tottenham transfers in and out of the club


Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to rule out new arrivals at Tottenham Hotspur in the very near future.

Spurs are yet to make a move in the transfer market, either in terms of buying or selling players, other than Villarreal taking up the option to sign the on-loan Juan Foyth permanently at the end of last season.

Many clubs have been waiting until the end of the European Championships and Copa America, after which prices fluctuate, before making their moves in the market, but the new head coach admitted in his first press conference that the squad needed some new faces.


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When later pushed further on that and asked whether Tottenham could make a signing imminently, the Portuguese did not rule it out.

“Anything can happen in football, it happens so fast,” said Espirito Santo. “This transfer window has been different because of the Euros, because of the struggles of the pandemic, all these things have delayed things.

“Us as a club are aware and working on a daily basis because we have to be ready on a daily basis to react if it’s necessary. Improving our squad is not an easy job and we have to be really accurate and clinical on who we bring.”

On transfer interest in Tottenham’s players, he added: “Of course because we have very good players, I believe that, when you have such good players all the clubs around the world look at you and see what they can do, but I hope that everybody here wants to be here, this is the main message.”

One player linked with a move out of the club is Harry Winks, who struggled for Premier League minutes last season under Jose Mourinho which saw him miss out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros.

Espirito Santo declined to speak directly about the midfielder when it was put to him that his style would fit into the new head coach’s previous tactics, but he explained that everyone has a clean slate under him.

“All the players that are working here have their own characteristics,” he said. “What happened before is not really important for me, what I am seeing and judging, all the players have been great and working hard.

“I am going to repeat myself, every player is going to be needed because it going to be a long and hard season for us. It is a new start for every player and this is what they should put in their minds.”

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