December 10 2013 Latest news:
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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists the market for home grown players is simply too inflated and that’s why all of his summer signings have come from other countries.
Spurs’ technical director Franco Baldini’s contacts in the game, and his scouting knowledge from across Europe, mean Spurs have been able to sign all their primary targets so far this summer.
They smashed their transfer record twice within weeks to sign Paulinho and Roberto Soldado, while Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have also joined from FC Twente and Toulouse respectively.
But Villas-Boas has come in for criticism for not bringing in any British players, and selling England centre-back Steven Caulker to Cardiff City.
“There is one problem with English players in the English Premier League - the price,” Villas-Boas said.
“They are rated for the top players. I think players in England cost you a lot more than what you can get out of Europe particularly in the case of Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, so at the moment it is a market we have been looking at with players that we have been following.
“The other two [Paulinho and Soldado, who cost £17million and £26million respectively] are renowned internationals that we had to pay a very high price for but I think it is the right price for players of that level.
“Eventually if a good deal at the right price for an English player arises I wouldn’t have any problem with that.”
All four new signings are in Spurs’ squad for Sunday’s opener at Crystal Palace.