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Spurs not chasing 'useless' signings

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Harry Redknapp insists Spurs will not be spending for the sake of it in January, and is confident his current squad can maintain their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season.

The Tottenham Hotspur chief has been linked with a handful of players in recent weeks, and admitted in the last few days that both Blackburn defender Chris Samba and Marseille forward Loic Remy were of interest.

However, the former Pompey boss has tried to play down the speculation, and whilst he admits to getting calls from a handful of agents over players, he'd happily stick with the players he already has who are fighting to get in the first team.

"We have good players like Niko [Kranjcar] and [Steven] Pienaar who are not getting a game, so to take another player and not have him playing is a waste of time," said Redknapp, who previously stated he'd be interested in making a 'big' signing.

"The January window drives you mad. You get phone calls from agents without a clue, offering you useless players.

"If you do happen to answer by mistake, you would say 'We are in the Premier League, not the Southern League. You are ringing the wrong manager'. It is unreal."

Moving away from transfers, and Redknapp was confident enough to admit that his squad has improved to a point where they can now genuinely challenge for the title.

Spurs sit six points behind league-leaders Manchester City at the top of the table, and can move joint-second in the table with Manchester United if they win tonight's game in-hand against Everton.

"We have to believe we can do it and have that belief that we can keep challenging. I am not going to say 'We are going to win the league' as it is going to be very difficult - just look at Man United's squad and City's squad, they have fantastic players and can make changes everywhere. Their forward players are incredible," added Redknapp.

"Fergie will look at it and say 'They are going well, they are playing well'. He is not disrespectful to write us off completely. It will be difficult for us to finish above them or Man City, but you just never know do you?

"If we got Champions League football again we would be delighted here. That is what we really wanted to do this year, anything above would be great We have improved this year, we are stronger. It is just that belief."

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