Redknapp needs two players to put Spurs on track for top four
Tuesday 17 May 2011
Harry Redknapp is looking for "one or two players" in the summer as he tries to prepare his Tottenham squad for another push for the top four next season. Redknapp admitted that he needed players who would "make the difference", as Luis Suarez has at Liverpool since January, and said that he would "go abroad two or three times a week" in pursuit of talent.
Spurs' win over Liverpool on Sunday gives them the upper hand in pursuit of fifth place and an automatic spot in the Europa League, but they were not able to secure back-to-back Champions League qualification. Redknapp conceded yesterday that with Liverpool also improving there are six strong teams challenging for next season's top four, and that Tottenham, therefore, needed more quality throughout their squad.
"Hopefully, we can get one or two players in the summer," Redknapp said, "and improve again for next year because it is going to be hard.
"We have a big squad but what we need is one or two players who will make the difference to us. Liverpool have done that with Luis Suarez, he is going to be a big player, and we need to find one or two to keep us pushing for the top four."
One of the disappointments of Tottenham's season has been the form of their centre-forwards; Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko have scored 16 Premier League goals between them. Redknapp admitted yesterday that a new striker was his main summer priority. "We have some players to shift now," he said, "we have players on loan who will be coming back and I'm looking for a good frontman if I can find one.
"I went to the cup final in France on Saturday night, and I'm going to go abroad two or three times this week and keep following up leads and see what we come up with."
In last Saturday's Coupe de France final, Moussa Sow, Ligue 1's top scorer this season, played for Lille. The 25-year-old Senegalese has 21 league goals so far this year.
Redknapp may also recruit in central defence, after conceding that Jonathan Woodgate would probably not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires next month. Woodgate has made just four appearances in the last two seasons. "This is Jonathan's last year," Redknapp admitted. "He hasn't played for two years and I have to speak to Jonathan but it is going to be difficult."
sportLiverpool 5 Norwich City 1: Uruguayan striker has now scored 11 league goals against the club
arts + entsOlivier-nominated actor and singer is set to star in Lloyd Webber's musical about the Profumo affair
filmWith more than 70 per cent of early films lost, archivists are scouring the world to preserve the precious examples that remain
sportUnder-10s football coach sacked for telling parents he was 'only interested in winning'
techA piece of new hi-tech kit aims to get us scribbling again
life + styleClarissa Baldwin is the brains behind the slogan 'A Dog is for Life not just for Christmas'
Latest in Sport
Arsenal 2 Hull City 0 match report: Nicklas Bendtner back in the goals as superb Arsenal march on at the top
Luis Suarez tears Norwich apart once again: Liverpool 5 Norwich City 1 match report
Fulham 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 match report: Andre Villas-Boas masterstroke helps Spurs edge Rene Meulensteen's battling Fulham
David Moyes admits Manchester United face tough task to retain their title
Manchester United 0 Everton 1 match report: David Moyes misery as Roberto Martinez pulls off the elusive victory
- 1 The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are 'better at map reading'
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Hate With Friends: Now you can find out who your Facebook frenemies are
- 5 ‘Put it in my mouth’: Viewers outraged by apparent reference to oral sex in VIP e-cig advert