Spurs boss has to sell before he can buy

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Veteran boss Harry Redknapp is certainly well versed in the art of playing the transfer market, and he’s usually got something up his sleeve right up until the final moments of the window.

On deadline day last year, the Spurs boss left it to the last minute, literally, before putting a seal on a deal to bring Rafael Van der Vaart to White Hart Lane.

What a massive coup that was at the time and what an inspired signing it turned out to be with the Dutchman sparkling in white from day one.

The way things are going Harry might be burning the midnight oil again as, currently, he’s finding it tricky trying to nail down this year’s transfer targets.

Spurs return to pre-season training with only Brad Friedel added to their ranks thus far - with the veteran goalkeeper having joined on a free transfer - but remain in the race for a number of other targets.

The signing of a proven goalscorer is reportedly high on the agenda for Spurs this summer, with the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Forlan linked with moves to White Hart Lane.

However, Redknapp has been told by chairman Daniel Levy that he must trim his squad before any significant investment can be made.


"There is nothing happening in the transfer market," said the Spurs boss. "I need to sell four or five players to bring in funds.

"The chairman has made it clear we need to move a few players before we can start doing any business.

"I keep seeing us linked with this player and that, but unless we reduce our squad numbers we will stay quiet in the market."

One player who won't be leaving Spurs, though, is left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto - who is intent on securing a passage back into the Champions League. "Like I said, I don't want to move to another club," the Cameroon international told Sky Sports News.

"If I have a good feeling with my chairman I will stay. I don't have a reason to move, even to play in the Champions League, we can do it with Spurs. We have done it once already, so why not again?"

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