Pochettino wants final say over Tottenham transfers

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he would like to make the final decision over which players the club sign in the summer transfer window, BBC Sport has reported.

With the club set to miss out on their target of qualifying for the Champions League for the fifth successive season, Tottenham are expected to be busy over the close-season. West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino and Sassuolo star Simone Zaza have both been heavily linked along with Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin.

In recent years, the manager of Head Coach at Spurs has had little say over who arrives, with chairman Daniel Levy, technical director Franco Baldini, chief scout Ian Bloomfield and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell the men in charge of bringing players in.

It is a transfer policy which frustrated former boss Andre Villas-Boas, whose time in charge saw the arrivals of current first-team regulars Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, but also other players who have failed to make a significant impression such as Vlad Chiriches and Roberto Soldado.

And with the summer approaching, Pochettino insists that he wants control over who the club sign. “The final decision? I think it should be me,” he said. “The manager and the coaching staff need to deal with the player, in the changing room or on the pitch and if the feeling is not good between us it is difficult to achieve something.

“It is very important that the players who stay here and who we bring in that I agree and it is my decision. If you bring in some players and I don’t know them, maybe they are not bad players, but the feeling the player has with the coaching staff or the manager is important.”

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