Top four still within reach, says Spurs skipper

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Michael Dawson insists Tottenham still have a realistic chance of finishing in the top-four this season, even if they don't have the cash to splash like many of their Barclays Premier League rivals.

The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have both spent upwards of £40million this summer - adding more quality to their respective squads which already finished above the north Londoners last season - have left Spurs trailing.

Liverpool have been reinvigorated with the arrival of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Alexander Doni, and are also expected to confirm the signing of Jose Enrique from Newcastle today, giving the Merseysiders plenty of reason for optimism going into the new campaign.

Arsenal and Chelsea have made some lower profile signings, but are both thought to have imminent deals in the pipeline, to be concluded before the close of the window - which would leave Tottenham a step behind in terms of player recruits.

But the Spurs skipper is confident in the players already at White Hart Lane, and reassured fans that manager Harry Redknapp, and chairman Daniel Levy are working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring new players of their own.

"If you look around the dressing room, we've got a fantastic squad," said Dawson. "The chairman and the manager are trying to improve it all the time, especially after missing out last year.


"You have to improve and go one better. I'm sure they will be trying to do something. We're aiming to break in to the top four again.

"There are lots of teams who want to be in the top four. It will be a good test for us, but hopefully we will be able to do it this year."

Central to Spurs' aspirations for 2011-12 is whether or not the club can keep hold of star playmaker Luka Modric - who has already been the subject of two bids from Chelsea, which were subsequently rejected by Tottenham.

"I certainly hope he will stay," Dawson concluded. "He is a top player. The chairman said he was not going to sell him and hopefully we can keep him."

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