Ledley King believes Tottenham can challenge the Barclays Premier League top four if they can perform consistently next season.

Spurs have taken 33 points from 21 games since Harry Redknapp's appointment as manager but after an abysmal start to the campaign are only just climbing away from relegation trouble. Redknapp's men are also unbeaten in the league against the Champions League teams, adding to the confidence that Spurs will be close to them this time next year.

"With the players we have, I don't see why we can't do that," club skipper King said.

He added: "We haven't lost to Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea in the league this season.

"That proves we can compete and perform, it is just the consistency. If we can get consistency, win games and pick up points away from home on a regular basis, we can be a top side."

Redknapp will need to keep his key players at White Hart Lane this summer if Spurs are to progress, with reports in Italy suggesting Serie A clubs would struggle to raise the cash needed to bid for Croatia playmaker Luka Modric.

Redknapp said: "The size of this club, the potential, the fan base and the money invested, we should be pushing to get up there shouldn't we?

"There's no point me taking the easy way out and saying 'top half next year', I want to be pushing."

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