Despite being told he must sell before he buys this summer, Harry Redknapp has his sights set on some potentially 'top drawer' signings, and has spoken openly today about his admiration for one player in particular.... Giuseppe Rossi.
Spurs have been linked with more than their fair share of strikers in recent months - from Fernando Llorente to Didier Drogba - but have so far been fruitless in their attempts to bring in goalscoring reinforcements.
However, one player Redknapp is still determined to sign is Villarreal forward Rossi, who was the subject of an offer from Spurs during the January transfer window.
But, with the 24-year-old having recently extended his stay at El Madrigal until 2016, the north London club are likely to have to stump up a far greater sum than the £18 million previously tabled.
"Rossi's top drawer," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "He's a clever player. He gets it into feet, he holds the ball up, he scores goals, and he's the Italy centre forward now.
"We tried to get him last year and I think the fee was £18million. That looks cheap now but he was a player we nearly had last year."
The acquisition of a proven goalscorer this summer remains a priority for Spurs and, Rossi aside, Redknapp knows the club could be held to ransom in their pursuit of a marquee signing.
However, the former West Ham and Portsmouth boss is banking on chairman Daniel Levy to loosen his purse strings in order for Spurs to compete with sides harbouring similar ambitions.
"That's up to the club and Daniel and everybody," he added. "But if you're going to buy top players they cost top money - they're not going to be cheap.
"They cost top wages, they cost big transfer fees - you need miracles if they're going to picking up people for bargains, and they become worth mega money.
"It's difficult to do that because everybody's looking for top strikers. They are at a premium, they're difficult to find."
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