Pochettino not eyeing January signings

The Southampton manager is not looking to add reinforcements to his injury-hit squad, despite a slump in form, and played down suggestions Rickie Lambert could leave
Mauricio Pochettino has no plans to delve into the transfer market in an attempt to get Southampton's season back on track.

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The south coast club were beaten 3-0 by Premier League title-hopefuls Chelsea on New Year's Day and have now won only one of their last nine games, slipping to ninth place in the table.

Pochettino denied any interest in Cagliari defender Davide Astori and is more concerned about getting the likes of Artur Boruc and Victor Wanyama back from injury rather than bolstering his squad this month.

"Just because we have lost against Chelsea, that doesn't make me interested in the transfer market," said the Argentine. "The most important thing right now is to recover the players that are injured for us.

"It is very important to keep our best players. But also to recover the players that have been injured for quite a while. To get everybody fit and playing as a unit, that's going to reinforce the squad a lot."

Rickie Lambert has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Ham, but Pochettino is not expecting the England striker to leave.

He said: "I know nothing about the potential signing of Rickie Lambert."