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Tottenham not after Man United's Anthony Martial, no progress on Jack Grealish - sources

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Tottenham have no plans to move for Anthony Martial, while there has been no progress in their attempt to sign Jack Grealish despite a desire to recruit homegrown players, sources have told ESPN FC.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is willing to sell Martial, but not to a Premier League rival, and Spurs are unlikely to pursue a deal for the Frenchman as it stands.

The north Londoners have had greater hope of securing the signature of 22-year-old midfielder Grealish, taking advantage of Aston Villa's need to meet Financial Fair Play regulations, but there has been little development in those negotiations this week. 

Nonetheless, Spurs are keen to boost the homegrown contingent in their ranks. Since they currently only have seven homegrown players, they would only be able to name a 24-man squad in the Premier League, rather than 25.

They would also have to omit three foreign players from their Champions League squad because Ben Davies and Eric Dier count as overseas players, having come through the ranks at clubs outside England.

With the transfer window closing on Aug. 9, Tottenham have less than a fortnight to complete their recruitment.

Sources told ESPN FC that the delay is partly due to Spurs' desire to wait for their top-six rivals to make their moves, to avoid bidding wars against wealthier clubs.

Spurs have also waited until the final days of the 2017 summer window before breaking their transfer record to sign £42 million centre-back Davinson Sanchez.

Pochettino suggested earlier this week that Tottenham have been waiting for movement elsewhere.

"It's a market that has only started to move very quickly after the World Cup and then this season the transfer window closes on 9 August," he said. "Be sure that we are going to do some movement but like always, we're working hard, no rash decisions. I'm not worried."


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