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Tottenham Make History By Completing No Single Summer Signings

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Tottenham have become the first Premier League club to make zero signings in a transfer window since the concept as we know it came into use in 2003.

Supporters were hoping for at least one new arrival before the 5pm window slammed shut.

However, they are now facing up to the prospect of moving into their £850m new stadium without any new faces on board.

Spurs launched a move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish this week but had a £25m bid rejected.

Villa’s joint-chairman Nassef Sawiris told the attacker he would not be leaving and that seemingly ended all of Poch’s pursuits.

Ahead of their Prem kick-off at Newcastle on Saturday, the Spurs manager attempted to look on the bright side after not losing any key personal.

And he insisted his squad will be in much better shape this season despite the lack of action on the transfer front.

Poch said: “I am happy to keep all the squad together. There have been many rumours during the summer about players out.

“I think the club made a massive effort to try to extend contracts with people like Harry Kane. He is one example but there are many examples too.

“I think the club is doing an amazing effort to try to finish the stadium as soon as possible and get the lodge finished at the training ground. It’s a massive effort from the club.

“Of course it’s difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players. But sometimes in football you need to behave differently.

“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.

“We believe a lot in our players and there’s no point now to say why we cannot repeat a similar season like last year or the season before. We now have more experience with players who competed at a high level in the World Cup.

“We have the captain who is the world champion, the one who lifted the trophy. That is I think a fantastic experience for him to translate to our team. Sure we are going to be in better shape, no doubt about that.”

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