LONDON (AFP) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Spurs cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, who are level on points at the top of the Premier League, in the transfer market.
His side face struggling Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, hoping to close the five-point gap to leaders Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United.
The top two both spent heavily during the recent transfer window and Pochettino concedes the financial strength of City and United means teams like Tottenham are forced to adopt a different strategy in the market as they attempt to keep pace.
The Argentinian told beIN Sports: "The difference these days between clubs in the Premier League is that there are clubs, like City and United, who sign who they want and when they want.
"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can. It's the big difference today."
Tottenham headed into the international break having maintained their perfect league record on the road with a win at Huddersfield Town.
At their temporary home of Wembley, however, they have continued to struggle, claiming just two points from their three home games in the Premier League so far.
Anything less than victory over a Bournemouth side lying second-bottom will be viewed as a major disappointment.