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Redknapp in no rush to improve hot Spurs squad

By Jack-Pitt Brooke

Although Harry Redknapp insists that he is “not desperate” for any additions to his squad this month, the Tottenham manager is interested in Bolton's Gary Cahill, Blackburn pair Christopher Samba and Junior Hoillet and Marseille forward Loic Remy.

Tottenham go into tonight's home game with Everton knowing that a win will draw them level on points with second-placed Manchester United.

Their form is sufficiently good that Redknapp is not keen on massed reinforcements, but would like to improve his squad with quality players.

Spurs already have too many good players on the fringe of the first team.

“To bring someone in and say 'he's not going to play', is difficult,” Redknapp admitted.

“Good players like Niko [Kranjcar], but he's not in the team. He's too good really. [Steven] Pienaar is a good player. I go to watch Everton play and every supporter is saying 'Harry, can we have Pienaar back?’

“To bring in another squad player would be a waste of time for us,” Redknapp said yesterday. “It is about getting the right people. There are one or two out there you know will improve your club.”

That commitment to quality has prompted Redknapp's interest in two Premier League centre-backs. Cahill has six months remaining on his contract with Bolton, and is currently talking to Chelsea.

“I've tried to sign him so many times,” Redknapp said. “He's a good player and he's not expensive in all honesty.”

Samba is also popular at Tottenham. “Good player, interesting player,” Redknapp described him. “Like Cahill: they're two top centre-halves and I'm sure there will be plenty of interest in the window. They'd strengthen your team but we've got plenty of centre-backs so at the moment we look OK there.”

The arrival of Mark Hughes, who brought Samba to Blackburn from Hertha Berlin five years ago, at Queens Park Rangers might mean competition for his signature.

“You can see QPR going for Samba now,” Redknapp said. “But if Totenham wanted him we would have a big chance.”

Samba's Blackburn team-mate Junior Hoillet was also described as “interesting”.

Redknapp also praised Marseille forward Loic Remy. “He's a good young player who can play through the middle,” he said. “We could have had him a couple of years back. There's interest there but nothing more than that. It depends how much he is. We're not close to doing anything with him.”

Scott Parker is “very doubtful” with a knee injury tonight but Michael Dawson should continue at centre-back alongside Younes Kaboul.

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