Harry hoping to avoid summer chaos

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Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham's pre-season will be thrown into chaos if his side fail to beat Liverpool to fifth position and qualify for the Europa League via the fair play league.

Spurs have the chance to secure Europa League qualification via the Barclays Premier League if they beat Birmingham and ensure that they finish in fifth position, but should they fail to beat the Blues at White Hart Lane and Liverpool beat Aston Villa, Redknapp's men could end up being one of the three European teams to qualify for Europe's second club competition through UEFA's fair play rules.

The Tottenham boss admits his transfer policy would also be thrown up in the air if they have to go through the qualifying rounds and hopes that will spur his team on to secure victory tomorrow against Alex McLeish's relegation threatened side, saying: "With transfers it's all up in the air with the Europa League - we just don't want to play in the Fair Play League - even our pre-season could get messed up, we could be playing in June."

Jonathan Woodgate could play his last match of a troubled spell at Tottenham against the Blues, with Redknapp admitting that he is no closer to deciding whether to offer the injury-plagued defender a new contract when his current one expires this summer.

"It's a difficult one with Woody. His contract is up and he hasn't played for two years," Redknapp said.

"If we don't keep him then he is worth a gamble for someone on a pay-as-you-play deal because if you can get him fit you will have one of the best centre-halves anywhere.

"If I wasn't at Tottenham I would take a gamble on him. He could be a fantastic signing because he is training this morning (Friday) and he feels fit for the first time in two years."

Redknapp is hoping to clear out at least six players from his squad this summer and hopes to make at least two signings. The former Portsmouth manager revealed he is close to finalising a shortlist of targets, which he hopes he can acquire early in the window.

"I will meet with (chairman) Daniel (Levy) next week," Redknapp said. "If we have one or two definite targets then we will (move for them early) but we also have one or two who may take their time to move on.

"It's not easy to sell players. We have players who would do well for people but someone's got to want to buy them first and that's not always easy."

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