Peter Crouch hopes Luka Modric's rapturous reception from the home support at White Hart Lane on Saturday will help persuade the wantaway Croatian to turn his back on a move to Chelsea.

Modric went on record to state his desire to complete a "dream" move to the club's London rivals, who have made two unsuccessful bids for the player this summer. Modric made his first appearance at White Hart Lane on Saturday since the transfer saga erupted, coming off the bench in the 24th minute of Spurs' 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

"I think he might have been a bit concerned about which way it would go but he got a great reception," Crouch said.

"That certainly makes it harder for him that the fans are right behind him. He knows that the fans here love him and hopefully he can stay here for as long as he can.

"He's going off for international duty now and we were saying to him: 'make sure we see you on Thursday' and we hope he does. He is a top player. We love him at the club. He is a great lad to have about. We all want him to stay."

Tottenham missed out on qualification for the Champions League by six points after a dip during the second half of last season and concerns have been raised about their ability to challenge for a place in the top four this term.

While the five clubs around Spurs have spent heavily, Redknapp has only been able to sign Brad Friedel and teenage duo Cristian Ceballos and Souleymane Coulibaly this summer.

Crouch admits he is astonished at the level of spending at the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool but the England striker is still confident Spurs are serious contenders for a top-four place.

"It's amazing when you look at the other teams around us have spent. It's a hell of a lot of money. I look around our dressing room though and there are a lot of players there who I wouldn't swap for theirs. I still believe that we have more than enough ability," Crouch said.

"The aim has to be to get into the top four. It's going to be difficult. There are some top sides up there that have strengthened but I would still put ourselves right up there with a chance."

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