Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down talk that Harry Kane will be leaving the club for Southampton in January.
The high-flying Saints – who are second in the Premier League table after nine games – are keen to bolster their attack in the winter in a bid to build on their fine start to the campaign and challenge for European qualification.
Despite signing Graziano Pelle, Ronald Koeman is concerned at a lack of options at the tip of his team, and has highlighted Kane as a target.
The 21-year-old has been in and out of Spurs’ XI this term, with the majority of his outings having come in continental competition and domestic cup showings.
And with the Londoners chasing West Brom’s Saido Berahino, there have been rumours that Kane could be axed.
But Pochettino says that the 21-year-old remains a vital member of his squad:
“Harry is a very important player and I am sure he will stay with us for a long time.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“I am head coach and I have to make decisions on selection. I have to analyse the situation and pick different players.
“Harry shares a position with other players in the squad and all the players have the opportunity to play and to show themselves.
“There will be many changes tomorrow (Capital One Cup) and maybe Harry will be in the first eleven.”