Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealed he is desperate to make Eidur Gudjohnsen's move permanent after watching him star in a 2-1 win at Stoke.
Gudjohnsen, on loan from Monaco until the end of the season, scored Spurs' opener then played a superb dummy to tee up the winner for Niko Kranjcar after Matthew Etherington had equalised from the penalty spot.
Redknapp said: "I want to keep him here next year. He's a real top player and he's got fantastic ability. With Jermain Defoe out injured he has got a big part to play."
He added: "The chairman did the deal for him and I don't know the details but we are certainly interested. The rest of the lads like him and they really love playing with him."
Gudjohnsen may have a bigger part to play once Redknapp learns the extent of the injury to Roman Pavlyuchenko, who limped off in the first half with a hamstring strain.
Redknapp added: "He got injected at half-time and we will have to see what the scan says. We thought Defoe was okay until he had his scan but it was the end of him for a few weeks.
"We are so short of players it's unbelievable. The number of players we've got out injured or on loan we could pick a terrific team out of."
Meanwhile Redknapp shrugged off the second half clash between Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Vedran Corluka, with the pair engaging in a pushing match and earning a telling-off from the referee.
Redknapp added: "I haven't seen what happened but they've probably just had a row. They probably didn't understand each other. I don't think there was much in it really."
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