Tottenham Hotspur news

Redknapp targets "one or two" new players

April 30, 2009

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has earmarked the players he wants to get the club closer to the top four of the Premier League next season.

Redknapp wants to push for a Champions League place in the same way as Aston Villa and Everton have this campaign, after steering Spurs away from relegation trouble since arriving in October.

The 62-year-old was interested in Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones and Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing in January, and both could get relegated this season.

"I am just looking to add one or two more in the summer to give us a real squad that can push on next year," Redknapp said.

Redknapp knows how tough it will be to get into Europe's elite, but he feels Spurs can at least challenge the top four and put the pressure on.

"We're capable of doing that," he said. "Getting into it is difficult, they are so strong, but we have to aim to be there if we can."

"Tottenham have great resources and there's no reason why we can't do it one day. So let's see what we can do next year and if we can do it that would be fantastic."

Spurs can still reach the Europa League next season.

Redknapp added on Sky Sports: "There's a little group of us pushing for seventh. I'd like to do it. If we could do it I think it would be a good achievement to come from the bottom of the league to qualifying for Europe.

"I think it's something we'd all be pleased to do. We'll give it our best shot in the last few games and see what we can do."

They were not helped by Manchester United being awarded a hotly disputed penalty at Old Trafford last weekend, with Redknapp believing there is a place for the fourth official to assist referees.

"[Howard Webb's] an honest man. He's an honest referee. He's a top referee," Redknapp said. "He made a ricket, we all saw that, but what can you do now? It's done.

"I still think that the fourth official, who is stood by... What is he doing there? What is the fourth official's job really?

"He should be looking at that monitor that is available there and key decisions like that would take 10, 15 or 20 seconds for him to say 'Howard - not a penalty, he's played the ball'."