Mauricio Pochettino has performed down reviews Tottenham are considering signing Bordeaux’s in-demand Malcom after seeing north London rivals Arsenal distance themselves from a deal.
The winger is a reported goal for Spurs, having hit seven targets in Ligue 1 this season, with Pochettino but to make a signing within the January switch window.
However regardless of Spurs struggling for creativity in Christian Eriksen’s absence throughout Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, the Argentine coach has denied a transfer for the Brazilian is imminent.
“That may be a hearsay and I do not need to discuss it,” Pochettino instructed Sky Sports activities when requested about 20-year-old Malcom.
“I’m proud of our squad. We’re open to high quality gamers, however it’s tough on this switch window.”
Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League purpose cancelled out a Davinson Sanchez own-goal as Spurs struggled for cohesion at a sodden St Mary’s, shedding floor within the race for Champions League qualification.
However after Kane missed a last-minute alternative to grab all three factors, Pochettino mentioned his aspect had performed sufficient to win the sport.
“I feel it was a good recreation and a tough recreation to play,” Pochettino added. “The pitch was in a tough situation. It was powerful. A battle. It was truthful, the outcome.
“We struggled to play. It was in possession, we made errors which allowed them to play. To win the sport we must always do higher and play higher. It wasn’t nice.
“We tried to be extra aggressive in our offensive part and to hyperlink higher Kane and [Dele] Alli behind. This allowed us to be extra aggressive in transition and use our full-backs going ahead. We had an enormous likelihood with Harry Kane on the finish to win the sport.
“We nonetheless have the likelihood to combat [for the top four]. Southampton are in a relegation battle so it’s not simple, they combat to outlive. Each ball, they have been aggressive. However it was our mistake to not win the sport.”
Southampton are within the relegation zone, and not using a win of their final 10 Premier League matches, however Mauricio Pellegrino was buoyed by his workforce’s efficiency.
“I feel we’re on the best path,” Pellegrino instructed Sky Sports activities. “Within the final 4 video games we responded very well. Clearly that is the perspective we have to present within the subsequent recreation [at home to Brighton and Hove Albion] – it is large for us.
“We knew this. Within the second half they performed with a diamond, one between the road and two strikers, they have been harmful. However we had area in broad areas and we had a few possibilities. They’re an incredible workforce with nice gamers. More often than not we defended effectively.
“We now have to be assured however we aren’t in the perfect second so gamers may not need to take dangers, that is a part of soccer.
“For me each single recreation is a chance to enhance. We now have improved so much and we have now to proceed on this method. In three or 4 weeks time every part can change. We now have to be optimistic however we are going to proceed to enhance.”