The following article is a special report; all information presented has been gleaned from Football FanCast sources unless otherwise stated.
Tottenham Hotspur find themselves in a sticky situation.
With the transfer deadline looming, they are running out of time to sell the players they want to sell and also to attract bids for those who want to leave.
Other than that, there are a number of players who could remain at the club despite seemingly wishing to move on, or being told to do so.
Indeed, Danny Rose was left out of the club’s tour of Asia in pre-season in order to find himself another club. Sources, though, have confirmed that Spurs have yet to receive a single bid for the England international.
A similar situation is developing with Christian Eriksen, despite his own admission that he would like to take on a fresh challenge this summer.
Sources within the club say he retains hope that a move can be brokered, and Manchester United are said to be exploring the possibility of bringing him to Old Trafford, per London Evening Standard.
Thus, the club are stuck in limbo. He could remain at the club but, with a contract that expires next summer, one imagines that chairman Daniel Levy would prefer to sell him for a significant fee than risk losing him for nothing, though it remains to be seen if he would be willing to sell to a domestic rival.
Yet it is out of their hands; they cannot force another club to bid and Eriksen does not appear likely to hand in a transfer request as the window winds down.
Of course, he could move outside of the English transfer window. Most foreign windows remain open until the end of the month and there is every chance a European bidder could come in for either him or Rose.
But it is growing twitchy.
Indeed, sources have said that Spurs would like to sign Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, who is seen as a potential replacement for Rose.
They also have interest in both Bruno Fernandes at Sporting Lisbon and Giovani Lo Celso at Real Betis, with both seen as potential replacements for Eriksen.
They are unlikely to buy the pair, but The London Evening Standard reports that they want one to come in before Thursday, both to strengthen the squad and, as a contingency, in case the Dane does leave.
That, too, is awkward; negotiations would surely be smoother if Spurs had banked the cash from Eriksen’s sale already.
And there are the misfits to consider. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou played well in the pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, even providing an assist for Erik Lamela, but he too was kept at home while the squad flew to Asia as he attempted to find himself a move. No club asked after him and they have yet to do so.
Pochettino may have to reintegrate him into his squad this season, along with Rose, while Victor Wanyama was also placed up for sale at the beginning of the window. His injury history has put buying clubs off, though, and while Bournemouth have been credited with an interest, it remains to be seen if he will find himself a move prior to the deadline.
Fans, of course, are growing anxious over the lack of signings. The acquisition of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon was an exciting one earlier this summer but there are depth issues and holes in the squad that need to be addressed.
It remains to be seen if that will happen, or if the deadwood will be shifted.
As it stands, Pochettino is facing up to the prospect of managing a number of players who were widely expected to leave at the beginning of the summer.