Gallas is our primary target, says Redknapp

Former Arsenal captain is one of 'two or three' players being targeted by Tottenham's manager

Harry Redknapp believes that "two or three" additions to his Tottenham Hotspur squad will put them in a position to finish above Arsenal next May, or even challenge for the Premier League title.

And he admitted yesterday that one of his targets is William Gallas, the former Arsenal captain.

Craig Bellamy of Manchester City and Scott Parker of West Ham United are believed to be two of the other names on Redknapp's shortlist of four, which was reduced from five when Joe Cole decided to join Liverpool. "They're the same ones I wanted from the start," he said. "If I can't get them I won't bring anyone in. They're not big money, in terms of transfers or anything. If I can get three of them, fantastic. Two, then great."

City are reluctant to let Bellamy go to a rival for a top-four finish, and Redknapp conceded that Fulham, managed by Mark Hughes, Bellamy's former boss with City and Wales, is a more likely destination. Parker has been offered a new contract by West Ham, although he has yet to sign it. But Gallas's contract with Arsenal expired at the end of last season so the only obstacles are the player's demands.

"He has not been greedy at all," Redknapp said. "His people have rung up and we spoke about it. I think he would be a good player for us. He has played at the top level, he won championships with Chelsea." But the Arsenal connection? "He played for Chelsea as well," Redknapp said. "If he comes in and plays rubbish then the crowd will slaughter him. If he comes in and plays great they will love him."

Tottenham's advantage in attracting players this summer is being able to offer Champions League football, and Redknapp intends to make it count. "We were behind Arsenal by miles for years and years but now we've got a chance to really push them and get above them. That would be great for Tottenham fans, and it's possible – we just need to improve that little bit now."

And his ambitions do not stop there. "I will talk to the players about winning the title," he said. "We will give it our best shot. Tottenham's never going to get a better chance and if you stand still and don't push on, others will pass you." Even with the distraction of Europe? "The Champions League's right up there in terms of priorities. You don't get many chances to be in it, so we'll be going for it as much as we can."

While Spurs fans lie down in a darkened room to calm their racing pulses after such a rallying cry, rivals will be sceptical about talk of a title. "I think we could be close," Redknapp insisted. "You need players who've won things and been around the place. Getting them is not easy but we'll see what happens.

"We threw some stupid games away last year – everyone did. Arsenal looked as if they could win it with seven games to go and if Robin van Persie hadn't missed most of the season you wonder what they could've done. I think Arsenal will be close this year, Liverpool will be close as well."

And, of course, he rates City, who visit White Hart Lane today. A second summer of heavy investment means that City will start the season under more pressure than any team, and may need time to bed their new players in, but Redknapp is not expecting either factor to weigh too heavily: "They were only just outside the top four last year and they've improved a lot and their manager [Roberto Mancini] has won championships in Italy, so it's not like they've just brought some novice in."

And he could easily field two teams of Premier League strength. "So long as he only puts one out, we've got a chance," Redknapp quipped. "I think they will be champions in the next three or four years, but there's no reason why we can't beat them."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
Travel
travel
Life and Style
The veteran poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof issues a stark challenge to emerging economies at the Melbourne HIV/Aids conference
health
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich talk Penguins of Madagascar at Comic-Con
comic-con 2014Cumberbatch fans banned from asking about Sherlock at Comic-Con
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
filmGuardians Of The Galaxy should have taken itself a bit more seriously, writes Geoffrey Macnab
News
Sir Chris Hoy won six Olympic golds - in which four events?
news
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform