Jose Mourinho discussed Krzysztof Piatek and the prospect of Tottenham making January signings on Friday.
Mourinho sorely needs fresh blood in a Tottenham squad that has kept one clean sheet in his 12 games, and sits below Sheffield United in 7th.
AC Milan striker Piatek has been linked in the aftermath of the news that Harry Kane could be sidelined with a hamstring injury until April.
Reports on Friday suggested the 24-year-old would join in a £28m deal but Mourinho was coy when asked directly at his pre-Liverpool press conference.
“I don’t speak about rumours,” he said. “I don’t speak about players from other clubs.
“Imagine if I speak about Piatek, is he happy that I speak about him?
“Is AC Milan happy that I speak about him? I don’t speak about players from other clubs, I’m sorry.”
Whether it is Piatek or anyone else that Spurs do manage to bring in, Mourinho insists the January transfer window is not the ideal time.
“I think it’s very difficult,” he said. “It’s the window of opportunity. Sometimes opportunities come for some reasons.
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“Some clubs they have too many. Some clubs save an important salary.
“Sometimes players and coaches are not having the best empathy and both have the desire to split.
“Some players are not playing because of some reason and because of the Euros they move to play, to try to get in the Euros with national team ambition.
“Sometimes opportunities are coming but other times not.
“The desire of every team, and we are not different, is to improve. The best way to improve on the long term, is it to do something now?
“In the summer with more options? Or now to try to help the team until the end of the season or no?
“Again, we have to be calm and patient, and see. Instead of us chasing the market, let’s see if something happens in the market and see if the market decides to knock on our door.
“I think it’s better that way.”