Spurs snap up new keeper

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Tottenham have signed goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had said before the season started that he would prefer to have three goalkeepers challenging for a first-team spot.

First choice Heurelho Gomes missed Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Wigan because of injury, while Carlo Cudicini was at fault for Hugo Rodallega's winner.

Pletikosa, 31, has won 80 caps for Croatia and appeared in the World Cup finals of 2002 and 2006 and the 2008 European Championships.

He also lifted two Croatian Cups during more than 172 appearances for hometown club Hajduk Split and scored six goals from the penalty spot. His performances during the 2001-02 campaign earned him the Croatian Player of the Year accolade.

Pletikosa moved to Spartak in 2007, following four years with Shakhtar Donetsk, and appeared against Tottenham in the UEFA Cup group match in December 2008 at White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham boss, who arrived at his club's Chigwell training ground on Tuesday to watch a practice match, thinks that he and chairman Daniel Levy will be quiet before the day's 6pm deadline.

Regarding reports linking him with a move for Steven Pienaar, Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "There is nothing in that, I don't think. I thought it was April Fools' Day with some of the players we have been linked with today.

"I don't think we need to be doing anything. I will be very surprised if anything happens."

He added: "At the moment I really don't think we are anywhere near doing any deals today."

However, allowing players to leave White Hart Lane on loan has not been ruled out, with Jermaine Jenas being linked with a move to Stoke and Robbie Keane a target of West Ham and Besiktas.

"Maybe (there will be) one or two loans going out," said Redknapp. "We have got a practice match this morning. I am just going to watch that and I think it will be a quiet day."

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