Jose Mourinho: Tottenham will not be kings of the transfer market this January

Spurs manager maintains he is happy with his squad but says that club might have to make a move if players leave next month

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will only make a move in the January transfer window if a player leaves the club.

Mourinho has said from his first day in charge that he does not need to sign new players next month as he believes he has a squad capable of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

There could be several exits, though – most notably Christian Eriksen – which could tempt Mourinho into action.

Not having large amounts of money to spend on transfers will be a new thing for the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United manager to contend with, but he says he walked into the situation with his eyes open.

"I am at Tottenham Hotspur. I know the profile of the club, I know the project, I know the vision, I know the objectives," Mourinho said ahead of his side's Premier League match at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day.

"I know that in our transfer market we are going just to react to things that can happen to us in the market. Like I was saying if some player leaves we need to adapt to it.

"But we are never going to be the kings of the market, attacking important targets, fighting with clubs that are ready by their profile and philosophy to splash the cash and to go to the important targets.

"We need to do our things in an intelligent way, a creative way, and I repeat I like the players that I have.

"The more I work with them, the more I know them, the more I realise their qualities and their problems.

"I keep saying that I need time and this time is arriving. Not from Sunday until the 26th, or the 26th until the 28th.

"But in January, in February, we are going to have a little bit more time to try to improve it."

Most of Mourinho's problems are defensive as they have only kept one clean sheet in his eight games in charge.

They were beaten 2-0 by London rivals, and his two-times former club, Chelsea on Sunday, which also saw key striker Son Heung-min sent off.

An angry Mourinho tried to have the red card rescinded but the Football Association rejected the club's appeal meaning the South Korean is now banned for three games.

The Portuguese finds himself with a conundrum of becoming tighter at the back and losing some of their attacking threat or continuing in the same manner.

He has hinted that, with the players he has at his disposal, getting them to change their habits is the difficult bit.

"I know how to do it, but to do it 100 per cent I am going to take away from the team some qualities that we want to keep," Mourinho said.

"And then it is more difficult to do it because to play for a clean sheet, and to put all the focus on the clean sheet, on the improvement of the defensive organisation and try to kill the mistakes that we make, that is not difficult to do.

"The difficulty is to do it with players that are the players they are, with the habits they have, the difficult thing is to put it right defensively without losing the qualities we can have offensively."