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JUANDE RAMOS insists he is not “desperate†— and is unlikely to dip into the January sales.

The Tottenham boss has revealed he hates the mid- season transfer window.

And Ramos is instead planning on major team strengthening at the end of the campaign.

The Spaniard also vows to work together with director of football Damien Comolli — an issue which proved to be a huge problem for his predecessor Martin Jol.

Ramos said: “I don't like the January transfer market because the good players are already with their teams.

“If a team has a good player, they are not going to give him away. In January, the only teams that sign players are the desperate teams.

“You've got to make your signings calmly and be certain about what you want and what you need.

“One thing's for sure — if I have a good player, I'm not going to give him to another team. It's the same for every other team.

“At the moment, it's difficult because if a player has already played in Europe he can't compete in the UEFA Cup. January is a difficult and complicated time to reinforce the team.

“At the end of the season, there could be some players of the level that would interest us.â€

It appears the only way Spurs will flex their muscles in the January window is if the team remains in both the UEFA and Carling cups and starts to suffer injuries.

The North Londoners' Euro campaign continues tonight at home to Danish side Aalborg,

Former Seville chief Ramos, who is unbeaten in his first five matches in charge at White Hart Lane, also stresses he is willing to plot for players alongside Comolli.

Ramos added: “Normally it is the coach who asks for specific players for a specific position.

“But you have to adapt to the philosophy of the club and the economic situation. I think we're all in agreement.

“Somebody has to take the decision when you sign a player. I am very calm we will work in the best way possible and you can't do that thinking about the consequences.â€

As for departures, Ramos stresses he is not interested in letting Dimitar Berbatov or Jermain Defoe leave.

But he would ship out a player who is struggling to get a game.

He added: “It depends on the type of player they are. If it's a player that we need and plays all the time, then no. If it's a player who is not getting many minutes and is interested in leaving, then maybe.

“Jermain has expressed he likes the club and wants to stay. There are some difficulties with the contract but it is nothing major.â€

Defoe misses out tonight as he is in bed with a bad cold, while Younes Kaboul is sidelined by a groin strain. Pascal Chimbonda may have to switch to central defence.

Aalborg are the joint leders of the Danish League.

Ramos said: “They are a strong team and it will be hard for us.â€
 
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