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Spurs monitor another Croatian international

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Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa is training at the club.

The 31-year-old keeper was heavily linked with a move to north London last summer before a serious knee injury put pay to the move, but Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is taking another look at the stopper in close quarters.

"Yes he's here with us," said Redknapp. "He's had a bad knee, and so I think he's just going to spend a week or so with us and train to see how his knee is, but we were looking to take him on loan.

A product of the Hajduk Split youth system, Pletikosa made 141 Prva HNL appearances for the club before moving to Ukrainian club side Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003. During an unsuccessful spell at the Donbass Arena, Pletikose was loaned back to split for the 2005-06 season before signing for Spartak Moscow in 2007.

Croatia's No.1 since making his debut in 1999, Pletikosa has made 80 appearances for his country.

Redknapp paid tribute to this international recognition ahead of his side's Champions League clash with Young Boys, refusing to describe his stint with the club as a trial.

"It's not a trial, I wouldn't want to say that, it wouldn't be fair. He's a Croatian national goalkeeper and he's a good keeper, it's just to see how his knee is really because he has had a big operation on his knee," Redknapp continued.

"He feels okay but we just thought 'well let's have a look at him for a week and if he is okay we'd look to take him on loan for the season'. He'd be good, and I think we're going to need three experienced keepers here."

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