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Saha: Spurs need to strengthen squad

Louis Saha has admitted it is vital Tottenham makes big-name signings, not sales, this summer as the club digested the news Harry Redknapp had been snubbed in his bid to become England manager.

Redknapp looks set to remain Spurs' boss, with the Football Association expected to announce Roy Hodgson as Fabio Capello's successor in the next 48 hours.

Saha, who completed a surprise move to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day in January, said it was "very important" Tottenham's squad was stronger next season."Especially when you're trying to win the championship," he added.

One of Redknapp's first tasks will be to refocus his energies on getting Tottenham into next season's Champions League, something that may be key to them keeping hold of their best players.

Gareth Bale last week refused to confirm he would stay at Spurs if they failed to finish in the Barclays Premier League top four, while Luka Modric may also make a renewed attempt to quit the club were that to happen.

At the launch of his self-penned autobiography, Thinking Inside The Box, at Canary Wharf Waterstones, Saha said Spurs had more going for them than any side he had played for.

"I fully believe that," he said. "I've been in some squads now and I haven't seen as much potential - a growing club, changing facilities next season, and I think there are many good players. If things stay in the same dynamic, I'm more than positive."

Saha was prevented from commenting on Redknapp's England rejection by Tottenham but he was full of praise for the man who took a chance on him in January.

"It's massive when you have a manager who believes in you and makes you grow very quickly as a player," the 33-year-old said.

"Confidence-wise, it was amazing - that's for sure. He's got his eyes on trophies, he wants us to perform and to make sure that the club's winning things. So, when you've got that, you can expect things to move in the right direction."

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