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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits he cannot follow up his interest in David James while he has two goalkeepers at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp started the Barclays Premier League campaign with Heurelho Gomes in goal against Liverpool and Carlo Cudicini as back-up, meaning his priorities lie elsewhere ahead of the transfer window closing.

"Anyone would want him but I have two keepers and I cannot take another one," Redknapp said. "If I didn't have a goalkeeper he would be top of my list. I'm okay in that position."

James has spoken about the uncertainty at Portsmouth while a possible takeover of the club drags on, with a host of high-profile players departing. Redknapp, after leaving Pompey last season, feels they have to keep senior players such as James to stay up.

"If they can hang on to David James, Sylvain Distin and Younes Kaboul then they are still strong," he added.

"Jamo for me is still England's best goalkeeper, he's fantastic. Hopefully they can keep hold of him because he'll play a major part for them."

Redknapp is looking to build on Sunday's win over Liverpool when his side travel to Hull on Wednesday. They will be without centre-backs Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson, while midfielder Jermaine Jenas has a calf problem.

Jenas, along with winger David Bentley, have been linked with moves to Aston Villa but Redknapp insists the pair still have futures at Spurs unless a club come in with a offer they cannot refuse.

"Jermaine is injured at the moment but he's a good lad and a great player," Redknapp said. "Both him and David Bentley are part of my plans.

"It's no good saying people will never go. If people offer crazy money that changes. Manchester United and Liverpool got offers they couldn't refuse for Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso. You never say never but we're not looking to sell."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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Portsmouth
David James
Younes Kaboul
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Michael Dawson
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Xabi Alonso
Heurelho Gomes
Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo
Jermaine Jenas
Carlo Cudicini
David Bentley
Aston Villa
Sylvain Distin
Hull City
Liverpool

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