Ange Postecoglou discusses Timo Werner Tottenham transfer possibility and moves before pre-season

Timo Werner was in fine form as Tottenham secured a 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest
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Ange Postecoglou has revealed that there is a deadline for Tottenham when it comes to potentially signing Timo Werner on a permanent basis. Making the move from RB Leipzig at the beginning of January, the attacker signed on loan with Spurs having the option to sign him permanently in the summer for around £15million.

The 28-year-old made an impact in his loan spell as he contributed with two goals and three assists in 14 appearances but injury unfortunately ended his season early as he missed the final five games. Now facing a call over whether to sign Werner permanently or not, Postecoglou has indicated that he is "comfortable" with the situation and he'll "let the other guys steer it to see what kind of outcome there is".

"I think from our perspective there's a deadline there," he told when speaking after Tottenham's post-season friendly against Newcastle United. "Again a lot of that will depend on the negotiations between the clubs and how Timo feels.

"Again, from my perspective, I'm comfortable with that situation and I'll let the other guys steer it to see what kind of outcome there is."

Tottenham were quick movers in the summer transfer market 12 months ago with deals for Guglielmo Vicario, James Maddison and Dejan Kulusevski all tied up before the start of pre-season. Very much the dream scenario for all clubs heading into a new season, so will the same happen at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer?

"See I was asked how much time I'm going to get off and it's the next question. I've got to get players in tomorrow, they've got to be here. (Postecoglou grins)," said the Australian.

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"Yeah, look it is important. I think it works better Ali. Last year it certainly benefited us in having a couple of players in early to be with the whole squad. Again, looking at the schedule this year with international commitments, we're not going to get them all back for the start of pre-season, but if we can get ones in early.

"It's easier said than done. Everyone wants to get business done early, everyone is keen to bring players in but the reality is that it takes a little bit of time. The good thing for us is that we know what we need to do, we've had the plan in place for a while and it's just about now going through that process."

Certainly needing to address a couple of areas if the team are to progress and challenge towards the top of the league next year, attack is one position that Postecoglou would like to strengthen.

"Yeah, absolutely. It's no secret," admitted the 58-year-old. "You saw the way we finished the season. We obviously lost Richy and Timo as well with injuries but we're fairly light in that area.

"We started last season with Manor [Solomon] and [Ivan] Perisic and we were quite healthy in that front third in terms of numbers, but as the year went on it became pretty evident that we need to bulk up. We're in Europe as well next year so we'll have more games and it's definitely an area of the park we'll need to strengthen."

While of course all eyes will be on incomings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, outgoings in N17 also need to take place. Postecoglou is anticipating that he will be able to keep hold of the players he wants to remain at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the foreseeable future.

"Yeah. There's no indication [otherwise], but all those things are moving parts," he said. "You always understand that things can change really quickly but we've got a plan in place that I'm really comfortable with in terms of incomings and outgoings.

"Whether that all comes together you just never know but having clarity about what we need to do I think helps the process."

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