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Antonio Conte believes Tottenham are still "at least two transfer markets" from being genuine Premier League title contenders.
Spurs travel to London rivals West Ham on Wednesday having made their best start to a season since 2009-10 after collecting 10 points from their opening four matches.
That positive form has come on the back of a busy transfer window for Conte's side, having recruited the likes of Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet.
Tottenham have been tipped as a possible candidate to rival Manchester City for the title, but Conte has dismissed that possibility at this stage.
"If you compare to last season, we are more complete," said Conte, who was appointed last November.
"But to reach other teams at the top level we need time, patience and transfer markets, at least two transfer markets to reach the same level."
Asked if Tottenham will sign any more players ahead of Thursday's deadline, Conte said: "I spoke with the club and told them my opinion. If we do something or not, it's okay."
West Ham have made a far slower start to the campaign, though David Moyes' side ended a three-game losing run without scoring with a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Hammers have been further boosted this week with the arrival of club-record signing Lucas Paqueta from Lyon, and they will now be looking to build on the win at Villa.
"We looked as if we were getting closer to doing something and there were spells where we started looking like we were back to our old selves in the last game," Moyes said.
"We're not there yet, but in the second half against Villa we looked that way."
West Ham - Michail Antonio
Moyes has strengthened his squad during the ongoing transfer window, yet a familiar face may lead the line in midweek if Antonio's record against Spurs is anything to go by.
The versatile forward has scored six Premier League goals for West Ham in this fixture, including once in each of his past three meetings against them at London Stadium.
Tottenham - Son Heung-min
Spurs may have made a strong start to the season, but Son has surprisingly yet to score or assist a goal in his first four outings.
There has been talk of Conte leaving the forward out for this match, though Son has been involved in eight goals in his past eight league meetings with West Ham.
- West Ham have won their past two Premier League home games against Tottenham, last winning more consecutively between February 1997 and August 1999 (four).
- Tottenham have won 25 of their 52 Premier League games against West Ham, only beating Everton (28) and Manchester City (27) more often in the competition.
- West Ham were one of only two sides to score in all 19 of their home Premier League games last season, along with Liverpool, but have not scored in their opening two home games this season. They have never failed to score in their opening three home league games in a season before, last failing in three consecutive home Premier League games in general in December 2008 at Upton Park.
- Tottenham have won 99 Premier League London derby matches and could be the third side to reach 100 victories after Chelsea and Arsenal. Meanwhile, West Ham (112) have lost more such matches than any other side.
- Harry Kane has been involved in seven goals in his past six Premier League games against West Ham, scoring four and assisting three. Overall, he has netted 11 goals against them in the competition, with only Wayne Rooney (14) and Michael Owen (13) scoring more against the Hammers.
Updated August 30, 2022