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Sherwood coy over any move for Lescott

Tim Sherwood has professed his admiration for Joleon Lescott, but denied having already held talks with the Tottenham hierarchy over the Manchester City defender – or any other potential transfer targets.

Lescott (below) has been linked with a move after falling down the City pecking order.

Tottenham and Besiktas have been mentioned as possible destinations for the centre back.

When asked about stories linking Lescott with Spurs, manager Sherwood said: "He is a good player, but there are a lot of good players at different clubs. He is at Manchester City at the moment, so I can't comment on that."

Having spent £107million in the summer, Tottenham are unwilling to shell out big fees again in January.

The squad at Sherwood's disposal is already huge and he is committed to giving the youth players he looked after in the development squad a chance.

It is for that reason that he has not met with chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini to discuss any potential moves in the current window.

"I have not sat down and spoke to (Levy and Baldini)," Sherwood said.

"I don't think we need players. We need to get the ones we have fit. If there is anyone who springs up who could really make us better, then possibly we will go in."

There has been more talk of departures than arrivals at Spurs. Erik Lamela has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since his £30million move from Roma, but Sherwood looks unlikely to allow him to leave for Atletico Madrid, who reportedly want the player on loan.