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It would be so special for Harry Kane to win trophies at Spurs - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane would rather win trophies at Tottenham than anywhere else.

Kane said last weekend he was happy at Spurs but added his boyhood team needs to continue to make progress and start winning titles.

With 30 goals already in all competitions this season, Kane has established himself among the very best players in the world.

But Pochettino, who has admitted Kane could never be forced to stay, believes the 24-year-old would prefer success at Tottenham over any other team.

"Harry is happy. Always, I told our fans, he is happy," Pochettino said.

"He loves Tottenham and only that everyone wants to win - us, the club, (chairman) Daniel Levy, the players, the fans - everyone wants to win, and wants to win in the place you love.

"For Harry it's so special to win titles and trophies at Tottenham.

"Of course, at the moment he achieves a lot of individual awards but he would like to offer our fans and the club collective trophies."

Tottenham have allowed out-of-favour winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to join Burnley on loan until the end of the season but are yet to make any additions in January.

"Until today, now, no-one is close to arriving in this transfer window," Pochettino said.

"Maybe in five minutes, something happens. But before the press conference, nothing is close."

Their lack of activity has come in stark contrast to most of the Premier League's top six.

Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly scrapping over Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez while Liverpool have already bought Virgil Van Dijk and sold Philippe Coutinho.

"I am confident always," Pochettino said.

"Personally, I never look next to me at what another team is doing. It's about how I believe, how we believe, and how we make things happen."

Since taking over at Tottenham in 2014, Pochettino has only bought one player in January, which was Dele Alli, and he stayed with MK Dons until the following summer.

"You know better than me that if you want to sign players to help you, there must be an opportunity and it's difficult to find this opportunity," Pochettino said.

"Or, like Liverpool or Barca, they pay a lot of money and you cannot stop the players like Van Dijk and Coutinho.

"Or, players that have six, or four and a half months, until the end of their contract - like the Alexis rumours. It's always difficult in this transfer window."

Spurs host Everton on Saturday, looking to maintain momentum after a run of seven victories out of nine. They sit three points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool in the table.

Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are still out with hamstring and knee injuries respectively while Harry Winks had an injection on Monday to ease an ankle problem, but remains unavailable.

Rose will also stay at St George's Park until Wednesday in a bid to accelerate his recovery.

The full-back took treatment at England's training base last year on the same knee, when he was out for nine months.

"We hope Danny can be available again in a couple of weeks," Pochettino said.

"The last time he had a problem, we shared with the doctors and physios at the FA and the players need to be able to change their mindset."

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