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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Redknapp calls on Spurs to be bold

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to be "bold" in the transfer market this summer if they are to ensure they finish in the Barclays Premier League top four.

Spurs looked certain to qualify for next season's Champions League until February but are now in a shootout with Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea for third and fourth place going into the final week of the campaign.

Redknapp told BBC Radio Five Live: "We're a good side. If we're bold in the summer, we can build a team again that can be right there again next year."

Tottenham are a point behind third-placed Arsenal going into Sunday's final game of the season against Fulham. Only a top-three finish will guarantee Champions League football, with fourth coming into play providing Chelsea do not win this month's final against Bayern Munich.

It is a nailbiting end to what has been a rollercoaster season for Spurs and Redknapp, who was cleared of tax evasion in February and made favourite for the England job before it went last week to Roy Hodgson.

He said: "I'll be glad when next week is over. It's been a long old season. I just want to get in the Champions League and have a break and get away for a few days.

"It has been a hard year for me personally. What I went through with the court case was the most difficult thing I've ever faced in my life. It definitely takes a strain on you. I do tend to get on with things but there's no doubt it has an effect."

Redknapp reiterated he bore no grudges over the Football Association's decision to overlook him for the England job. "It never really bothered me," he said. "When I heard that Roy had got the job on Sunday night, I went out. I didn't go out feeling, 'Oh my God'. I woke up the next morning and I was quite relieved in a way that I didn't have a decision to make."

Tottenham's summer recruitment drive could begin with the signing of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian, who has one year left on his deal, told NUsport: "There's something going on with Tottenham, but there are more clubs interested in signing me. The most important thing for me is that I get regular playing time. Plus, I need a stable environment.

"More and more clubs in England seem to realise that you can go a long way with 'good football'. Arsenal started with it, and teams like Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester City are playing good football as well now."

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