Redknapp sees Bellamy as answer to Spurs crisis

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Harry Redknapp has turned his sights on Craig Bellamy to solve his club's goalscoring crisis. West Ham have asked for £15m but Redknapp believes he can get the Welsh striker at a lower price provided he can sell players to fund the deal.

The Tottenham manager has a number of targets, including Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing and free agent Stephen Appiah, but is particularly concerned by the absence of a proven goalscorer. While Bellamy's recent record would hardly fit that bill – he has scored twice for West Ham this season – Redknapp regards him as the best option currently available.

It would mean another hugely lucrative move for Bellamy who is understood to have doubled his wages when he left Liverpool in 2007 for £7.5m. West Ham believe they would be able to maximise value for Bellamy, who has also interested Aston Villa, and would be prepared to let him leave. Spurs, who play Fulham on Friday, are just one point off the relegation zone. Redknapp said he was hopeful of a return for Jermaine Jenas, although Jonathan Woodgate's injury was more serious than first thought.

He added that the "crazy prices" he had been quoted in the transfer market had deterred him so far. Redknapp said: "I've got one or two players but I can't say we are near to getting anybody. I've discussed it with the chairman but one or two players that we mentioned, people were talking crazy prices for. If we can't get the players I think will improve the squad, then I won't bring in anybody. I'm not going to load us up with players that aren't better than we've got."

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