Pleat ready to splash cash
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham's acting boss has moved to quell supporters' fears that the lack of a permanent manager will culminate in stilted transfer activity.
Last week's Annual General Meeting resulted in Pleat and coach Chris Hughton being given the task of managing the club until the end of the season and now the former Luton boss is ready to improve his squad.
Despite having allowed Glenn Hoddle to spend £12 million in the close-season, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to open the club's chequebook again for Pleat.
''If we need somebody that we can get at the right price then I think we would be prepared to do it," said Pleat.
''It is not as though we are going to have a massive intake of players, but there may be the odd player that can come and help our squad and improve our position,'' Pleat confirmed.
Speculation has continually linked Spurs with a move for the gifted young Brazilian Diego and it is understood that Pleat is in constant touch with the player's father, who also acts as his agent.
Spurs have already had a £5.6 million bid rejected by Santos in the summer and a move for the player could yet materialise in the January sales.
Tottenham have enjoyed a steady if not spectacular upturn in form under Pleat's regime and the Spurs boss is keen for his players not to dwell on Saturday's dismal performance against a rampant Newcastle.
Tottenham face draw specialists Middlesbrough in Wednesday's Carling Cup quarter final and Pleat is aware that a good cup run could breed enough confidence to propel Spurs up the Premiership table.
''We have kept a steady ship. We've not been spectacular and I've compensated for sacrificing a bit of guile and creativity,'' Pleat added.
''We have to work hard to defend to keep the goals against column down and the response to Saturday will be very important for us.
''Everybody wants a cup run and that is the perception in the supporters' minds, but I also believe success breeds success.''
One player who could be on Spurs' January wish-list is on-loan defender Paul Konchesky.
The Charlton left back has been on loan at Spurs since the beginning of September and despite speculation that has suggested Addicks boss Alan Curbishley was contemplating a recall, Konchesky's loan deal has been extended for a fourth month.
Although, Curbishley has warned Pleat that if his injury-crisis worsens then he will have to recall the promising full back.
The terms of the recent loan deal stipulate that Konchesky will not be able to feature against Charlton when the sides clash on December 28.
Curbishley said: ''Some Premiership clubs might be comfortable with having one of their own players up against them, I think Jermaine Pennant played for Leeds against Arsenal, but we are not.''
Konchesky has previously stated he would like to join Tottenham on a permanent basis and having played in 13 first team games this season, the England prospect could well figure in Pleat's long-term plans.