Andre Villas-Boas denies January left-back move

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he won't be in the market for a new left-back in the January transfer window.

Spurs appear short in that area following the injury to Danny Rose, and with Benoit Assou-Ekotto out on loan, Jan Vertonghen has been used as cover in recent weeks - something the Belgian has openly admitted he isn't best pleased with.

Recent reports have linked Spurs with a move for Inter Milan's Alvaro Pereira, while previously they have been credited with an interest in Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao.

Despite that Villas-Boas, speaking ahead of Tottenham's trip to the Etihad Stadium to taken Manchester City on Sunday, says he isn't planning to bring in cover at full-back in the winter window.

When asked if he would be bring in a new left-back, he simply said: "No, I don't think so".

Spurs go into their game against Manchester City sitting in 7th place in the Premier League, one place ahead of the Citizens.

The north London club have struggled to find the back of the net so far this season and Villas-Boas revealed that he has been working on a 4-4-2 system in training, with outcast Emmanuel Adebayor up front alongside Roberto Soldado.

“We’ve trained with 4-4-2 during this international break,” he said. “We played a game against a local team over here last Friday playing 4-4-2.

“We can probably move to it in future, although I’m unsure if this is the right time, bearing in mind the fixtures that we have coming up against Manchester City and Manchester United.

“We have been very consistent defensively and offensively in the 4-2-3-1 system – not in terms of goals but in terms of chances created. That’s probably our way through.

“What did we work on in the friendly? Just the change of system basically. We tried a little bit with Soldado and Adebayor up front in a 4-4-2 shape.

“We did it all of last season so it’s not something that we need to lose lots of time with. It comes naturally, the players know it, it’s also part of this country’s culture and I think when I would want to revert to that system I will.”

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