Tottenham Hotspur's attempts to bring reinforcements to White Hart Lane this summer have been hampered because the Londoners have struggled to sell peripheral members of their squad, manager Harry Redknapp has claimed.
Spurs have been monitoring Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy and Milan forward Klass-Jan Huntelaar amongst others, but may be forced to sell before they can bring in new players. The club's sole summer signing has been the Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who will join in a £6m deal from Internacional later this month following the completion of the Brazilian domestic league.
"I have three players on my list but I would say our chances of getting them are slim," Redknapp said. "Because it's very difficult to do deals at the moment."
Robbie Keane is one of the Spurs player most frequently linked with a move away from the club, but he has been in fine pre-season form for Redknapp's side, scoring twice in the 3-2 friendly victory over Fiorentina on Saturday. Redknapp has insisted the player remains part of his plans. "I don't want to sell him," Redknapp said of the Republic of Ireland international. "It's all very well talking of letting players go but you have to find some better [to replace them]."
"We are not going to win the league – not unless we improve. But if we get the players I want then we've got a chance."
He may have been overlooked for Brazil's World Cup squad but midfielder Ronaldinho is still in demand in his homeland. The Palmeiras coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has expressed his wish to link up with the player, whom he won the World Cup with in 2002. Milan, however, have insisted the player is not for sale.
The club are close to completing a loan deal for Marseilles' Hatem Ben Arfa. The financially-troubled French side have asked the Magpies to pay almost £1m to take the midfielder for the season. Ben Arfa favours a move to England over Germany and Portugal.
Manager Neil Lennon expects midfielder Aiden McGeady to complete a move to Spartak Moscow this week. "He's going to Moscow in the next few days to get the deal finalised," Lennon said of the midfielder. "The sooner it's done the better."