Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that Tottenham will need to be “clinical” in the transfer market, but has promised fresh arrivals before the window closes.
The Portuguese head coach completed his first press conference since he was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor earlier this summer.
He joins the club at a potentially turbulent juncture thanks to the speculation surrounding star striker Harry Kane.
Reports emerged earlier this year that Kane will look to leave the club this summer, with Manchester City said to be readying a bid.
The 28-year-old is still yet to win a trophy in his professional career after England’s Euro 2020 heartbreak and could push for a move that would help in that cause.
But Nuno has suggested while it won’t be easy, he will be looking to improve the squad – although that won’t include the return of Gareth Bale.
The Welshman spent last season on-loan under Mourinho, but Nuno has stated that will not be a deal they are pursuing this time around.
“Gareth Bale will not be part of our squad,” Nuno confirmed. “Son will join us very soon and then we will have a chance to talk.
“It is not easy to improve our squad but we need to, so we need to be very clinical with the players that join us and can help us.
“We need to bring in some things that we don’t already have. We have to bring in people who besides being a good player is a good human being.”
The former Wolves manager also detailed talks he has held with Fabio Paratici, hinting that the director of football will take the lead in any transfer negotiations.
He continued: “We are aware there’s a lot of work to be done, but at the same time it’s hard work because to improve our squad, the quality we have, the talent we have, is not easy.
“We have to find the right players who can help us, but it’s been good work and on a daily basis each moment we have the chance to speak, to share opinions – me, Fabio, Steve.
“They do their job, look at the market. I do my job on the training ground and we get together ideas and try to find the best decisions. But like I say, to improve our squad is not easy.”
As for the future of Kane, Nuno point-blank rejected claims he could be looking to leave, instead revealing his excitement to work with one of the world’s best.
“Harry is our player, period. No need to talk about anything else. Now is the moment for Harry to recover his energy, to rest.
“When he comes again we will have time to speak. We will have good conversations, but now is the moment for Harry to rest and to prepare for what’s coming, and I’m looking forward to him joining the group and start working together.”
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