Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he will promote from within if he cannot find a striker "with the right profile that can improve his team".

Spurs find themselves short up front heading into the business end of the season, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min the only recognised forwards currently available, and have been heavily linked with a move for West Brom's Saido Berahino.

But despite a first Champions League campaign in five seasons looming, Pochettino is reluctant spend big for the sake of it, with the England Under-21 international thought to valued around the £20m mark.

“There’s a lot of players and names that want to come to us because Tottenham is a big club,” the Argentine said, as quoted by ​London 24.

“I think the project is very attractive - the philosophy, how the team plays. There’s a lot of players that want to come and it’s important for us to pick the right players. If it’s not possible now it’s not a big problem for me.

“Maybe the people or you are worried or concerned about different things but I’m happy with the squad we have.

“I’ve always told you we need to add the right profile or people or players to improve us. If we don’t find the right player that can improve us, then why do it? To bring a player just to bring him in? This is not our philosophy. We have enough quality, we have younger players in our academy with a lot of potential like Shayon [Harrison, pictured] and Kazaiah Sterling.

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“I can give a lot of names that are very young and are hungry and can help us to achieve everything.

“It’s ok and you are right that we can add some players to help us and improve the squad, but if we don’t find this player we have enough youngsters to help us.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino was unable to issue an update on Andros Townsend's future, amid a reported bid for the winger from Newcastle.

“I am not involved in the negotiations, I am the head coach,” he said.

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“It’s true that Andros is in a position where he doesn’t play too much for us but all players are involved in our squad. They only need to wait.

“Andros has not played in the last few months and he wants to play. If some facility arrives [to leave] the decision is always from the club. Today it’s all about rumours, there’s nothing clear.”

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