New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will turn to La Liga as he attempts to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.

Pochettino, who has extensive knowledge of the Spanish top division having spent three years with Espanyol, is likely to return to Spain in search of new recruits having been promised funds by club chairman, Nicola Cortese. 

In an interview with Revista de la Liga correspondent Guillem Balague, Pochettino said: "Obviously, first of all we will be looking at the players coming through the academy, the young players who have grown up with English football at Southampton. Beyond that, Spain is obviously a market which I know better than any other and which is rich with talent."

Pochettino is also keen to develop the youth system at the club, which has consistently churned out top quality talent such as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gareth Bale and the latest Academy graduate, Luke Shaw. The latter has recently committed his long-term future to the club after the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal were linked with the 17-year-old left-back.

Pochettino added: I wanted to work with young players; Southampton has the youngest squad in the Premier League.

"I like the idea of developing young talent and working with the coaching staff at the formative level. It strikes me as an ambitious project, a project with a view to the future."

Pochettino has already confirmed the signing of Vegard Forren, and looks set to confirm more deals ahead of the transfer window coming to a close at the end of the month. 

However, the potential signing of Philippe Coutinho now looks unlikely, as Inter Milan playmaker has expressed his desire to stay at the Italian giants and fight for his place

Reports have also suggested that Pochettino is interested in bringing fellow Argentine Lucas Biglia to the club, with the Anderlecht midfielder currently on strike in an attempt to push through a move to the Premier League.

 

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