Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed they will activate a one-year extension clause in defender Toby Alderweireld’s contract

The Belgian centre-back, who has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United, would have been free to discuss a pre-contract agreement in January with a foreign club.

But Spurs will extend his expiring deal by another 12 months with a reported £25m to be activated for the summer transfer window.

“Yes, for sure,” said Pochettino on Football London, when asked if Spurs will trigger Alderweireld’s clause.

“It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”

After making no signings in the summer, Pochettino suggested that Spurs may go next month without making a new addition to their squad again.

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“I told you before, we’re always open but it’s going to be difficult – maybe not impossible but difficult, yes,” he said.

Although the Argentine did confirm that he has held regular talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchin over bringing in new players.

“Yes maybe every day we talk but it depends on if players are going to leave, and to have space to sign players,” said Pochettino.

“It depends on players out and then we’re going to see if we can add some quality to help the team.

“But I think it’s not going to be easy to add players in January. For sure it’s going to be tough to add.

Spurs beat Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley on Wednesday to move up to second in the Premier League.

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