Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp: We need fresh faces

Harry Redknapp has called on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to deliver him the signings he thinks can lift the club in the wake of the draining Luka Modric transfer saga.

The latest twist came on Sunday when Redknapp revealed that Modric, who has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea this summer, pleaded with him not to be selected for the club's 5-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Explaining Modric's actions, Redknapp said: "Luka came to me at 11.30 this morning and said to me: 'I don't feel my head is right today'. I said: 'I feel you need to play today, Luka. I need you to play. You need to come and play'."

He added: "There has been a feeling around the place that the place hasn't been right since the start of pre-season. It has been a bit of a difficult period really. When people want to go it can be a problem but hopefully in another day or two when the window closes he will still be here and we'll all move on."

Redknapp has so far only added Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel to his first team squad, but has been linked with numerous other players.

Wilson Palacios' impending departure to Stoke means Spurs could wrap up their long-running pursuit of Scott Parker from West Ham in the next 24 hours while Lassana Diarra has also been heavily linked with the club.

"We will get one or two in in the window," said Redknapp. "I have said to the chairman that the place needs a little lift now. I feel I have got everything I can out of them now. We made one real signing in Rafa (van der Vaart) last summer. We need to freshen the place up a bit."

Edin Dzeko was on target four times for City in Sunday's rout at White Hart Lane, with Sergio Aguero scoring the other. Younes Kaboul got Spurs' consolation. The hammering of a team considered one of City's main rivals means Roberto Mancini's side have won all three of their opening Barclays Premier League games, scoring 12 goals in the process.

The City boss was keen to play down the hype surrounding his team though, saying: "This is a very long season and it's important that we started well. The next games will be very hard because now everyone thinks we will score three or four goals, but that is impossible."


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