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Tottenham need another goalscorer before the transfer window closes

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Tottenham Hotspur, renowned in recents transfer windows as being rash spenders, have had a somewhat quiet transfer window.

Since the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager and Paul Mitchell as Head of Recruitment, Spurs have taken a different approach to their transfer dealings.

Learning from the disastrous signings that followed the record sale of Gareth Bale, Tottenham have spent wisely and have avoided big money transfers where possible.

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Who have they bought?

The defence has been the primary focus for Tottenham's recruitment team this summer. Spurs conceded 53 goals last term, the same as relegated Burnley, and have sought to remedy the problem area.

22-yea- old centre back Kevin Wimmer signed from FC Koln whilst former Southampton Loanee, Toby Alderweireld, has been their biggest signing of the summer so far. Former Burnley right back, Kieran Trippier, has also been signed as competition and cover for the injury-prone Kyle Walker.

These new additions leave the Spurs defence looking far more solid than recent seasons and should be able to significantly improve on last season's goals conceded.

Who have they sold?

Tottenham have undergone a major clear out of players deemed surplus to requirements, many of whom where only signed in recent seasons. Six first team players have left the club as Pochettino looks to work with players who understand and can play his high pressing system.

Brazilian international, Paulinho, has moved to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, whilst club captain Younes Kaboul has moved to Sunderland. Vlad Chiriches is another defender to leave the club, joining Italian club Napoli.

French compatriots Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli have both left for Watford and PSG respectively. Finally, German midfielder Lewis Holtby has signed for Hamburg, a team he was on loan to during the 2014/15 season. Tottenham's clear out has provided funds to improve the team, however the squad is lacking depth. 

What do they need?

Goalscorers, and quickly. With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor both seemingly on the way out of the club, that just leaves 22-year-old Harry Kane, as the only senior striker available to Pochettino.

With Saturday's opener against Manchester United fast approaching, action must be taken to ensure Kane does not become an isolated figure. At least one attacker must be signed before the deadline, if not sooner.

Following the exodus of players, Spurs are also now short in midfield. A holding midfield is vital as the club now lack a specialist destroyer. 

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