However, The Independent reports that Spurs are preparing to step up their pursuit of the 22-cap England midfielder, with Everton ready to compromise on their asking price as they look to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
However, with rumours ramping up regarding Eric Dier's potential Manchester United departure (though I don't think he's going anywhere) and ever increasing time constraints, Pochettino will want any new players to have enough time to adapt to their new surroundings while ensuring roster stability.
The entire situation is caused by Ross Barkley not appreciating what he has at Everton.
Everton want 50 million pounds for Barkley.
A few years on from Barkley's breakthrough 2013-14 season and still there are question marks over what his best role is; is he more effective as an attacking no.10 or slightly deeper in central midfield? "He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too".
Everton departed today for a six-day visit to Holland and Belgium without Barkley, who has entered the final year of his contract.
Will Ross Barkley be on the Spurs USA bound plane?
Due to ongoing foot problems, Dembele only completed the full 90 minutes in just eight of his 30 Premier League appearances last season and now 30, Spurs would be wise to start looking for a long-term replacement for the Belgian.
Barkley playing for Spurs is not only advantageous for the Lilywhites, but also for the Three Lions, the composition of which is already primarily made up of Tottenham's first team.