Redknapp targets 'special' signing to prepare Spurs for Champions League

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Harry Redknapp was yesterday named the Barclays manager of the season but showed little sign of resting on his laurels as he began planning Tottenham's Champions League campaign for next season and admitted he wants is a marquee signing to take Spurs to the next level.

With at least fourth place in the Premier League secured ahead of tomorrow's trip to Burnley, Redknapp's side are guaranteed a qualifier in Europe's leading club competition, and his squad will be bolstered by the Brazil midfielder Sandro over the summer.

Redknapp suggests sweeping changes are not required, yet he will monitor the possibility of signing players who can make an impact in the way Fernando Torres did when Liverpool recruited him from Atletico Madrid in 2007.

"It might only be one player. It might be an expensive player, that would be really what I would look at," said the Spurs manager. "We are not going to sign Fernando Torres, but like Liverpool signed him, we want a player that could take you to another level.

"I would not lose any sleep if we don't do anything. But if we can find a special player I would say to the chairman that there is someone out there that we feel is special that would make the difference to this team."

The possibility of planning for the Champions League appeared remote when Spurs were defeated by Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi- final then faced Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in their next league games.

Redknapp held a meeting after the setback at Wembley, then Spurs went on their run that culminated in Wednesday's victory at Manchester City. "We had a chat after the Wembley game, but we didn't play that badly," he said.

Of his manager's award, Redknapp added: "It's a team effort with Kevin [Bond], Joe [Jordan], Clive [Allen], Tony [Parks], Tim [Sherwood], Les [Ferdinand] and all the coaching and fitness staff."