Reports: Tottenham boss Pochettino coy on Berahino link

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to be drawn on reports linking Saido Berahinowith a move to White Hart Lane.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against Manchester United, Pochettino remained coy on suggestions that he was close to securing the services of the West Bromwich Albion attacker.

However, while refusing to comment on Berahino, the Argentine did admit that the club had a “private” target and that they would like to wrap up a deal soon.

“I never speak about rumours. If you check the last few weeks, a lot of names are linked with us,” Pochettino told reporters.

“But this is private, our target, and I hope it can happen quick.”

Meanwhile, Andros Townsend faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s clash against Manchester United on Saturday.

The winger has not featured throughout pre-season due to a shoulder injury, but has moved closer to full fitness in recent weeks.

Tottenham travel to Old Trafford for the first match of the 2015-16 campaign and Pochettino says he will give the 24-year-old as much time as possible to make his squad.

Townsend is not the only injury concern for Pochettino, but there was more positive news on the likes of Hugo Lloris and Ryan Mason.

“We have a good feeling for Hugo and Ryan, maybe not to compete for 90 minutes, but to be in the squad,” he said.

“We need to assess them in the last training session today.”