Transfer news

Redknapp rules out moves for England pair

December 31, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Harry Redknapp insists Tottenham Hotspur are "not looking to do anything" in the January transfer window and has firmly ruled out moves for West Ham defender Matthew Upson and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

David James
GettyImagesDavid James: Stoke switch back on?

• Redknapp responds to Pav attack

Tottenham head into 2010 in fourth place in the Premier League following a fine first half of the season and Redknapp is reluctant to risk destabilising the club's challenge for a Champions League place by making extensive changes in the New Year.

West Ham defender Upson was reported to be a target with Jonathan Woodgate still a "long, long way" from recovering from his injury problems, while Redknapp's former goalkeeper at Portsmouth, England international James, admitted recently that he would welcome a move to White Hart lane.

But Redknapp will not be signing either player, instead underlining his faith in his current crop of centre backs and Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who has overcome a difficult first season in England to become a reliable performer for Spurs.

"He [Upson] is a good player but I've got good defenders at the club," Redknapp said. "We keep getting linked with players but were not looking to do anything to be honest.

"He [James] is a world-class goalkeeper but I have a fantastic goalkeeper here and David James won't want to be number two anywhere. If David James wants to play for England in the World Cup he will want to be a number one."

Meanwhile, one of Tottenham's star performers in the first half of the season, Aaron Lennon, will be missing for two weeks due to injury, Redknapp has confirmed.

"He's picked up a bit of a groin strain and will be out for a couple of weeks," Redknapp said. "He's been fantastic and has had a great season for us."