Ange Postecoglou has written a list and checked it twice – but is still patiently waiting to discover if Father Christmas has deemed his work naughty or nice this year.
While all Tottenham and Celtic supporters’ would definitely put the Australian in the latter category for 2023, the fanbases of Arsenal or Rangers may have differing opinions.
Yet regardless of what side of the list Postecoglou ends up on, he knows his wish for Christmas will be difficult to achieve.
With eight players already out injured and Pape Sarr, Yves Bissouma and captain Son Heung-min set to be absent for at least some of January due to international commitments, the Spurs boss would dearly love to get new signings through the door at the beginning of next month.
“I wrote my letter to Santa. Like my kids, now I’ve just got to see whether I’ve been naughty or nice and see what I get, mate,” Postecoglou joked when asked about progress on additions ahead of Friday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
“Obviously with where we’re at injury-wise, the players we’re going to miss, we’ve got some significant games in January and signing somebody late in January could mean they haven’t been able to make an impact in those other games.
“We’re pushing hard but you need all parties to agree to that.
“Other clubs, particularly if it’s players they want, will be wanting to hold on to them for as long as possible for their own reasons through January.
“It is a challenge, I get that, but everyone at the club is working hard to get the best outcomes for us and we’ll see how it goes.”
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Spurs boss Postecoglou has made clear his desire to sign a new centre-back in January and a versatile attacking player is also top of the club’s wishlist.