Spurs boss is keeping it real at the Lane

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp isn't prepared to get carried away as the new Barclays Premier League season edges ever closer.

Redknapp appears to be somewhat pessimistic about his side's chances of securing a spot in the Champions League come May, as the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool spend big in order to reinforce their claims for spots in the top four.

Spurs have been spectators for much of the transfer window thus far, as City added Sergio Aguero to their ranks to the tune of £38 million, while Liverpool having been particularly busy reinforcing their squad.

But Redknapp would not be Redknapp if he did not have a marquee signing in the locker - with reports suggesting it could be Valencia's Juan Mata - although he is realistic in terms of Spurs inability to fork out inflated wages.

"Imagine what their wages will be," he said when asked about City's squad. "It's incredible. They are all on 100 grand a week plus. Wages have gone crazy.

"It's gone beyond belief and made it really hard to compete for top players. If you want to be a top four side, it's difficult because we can't pay those kind of wages.

"Our chairman Daniel Levy runs the club well, we get 36,000 fans, you're not going to put the club in hock. How do you compete with the Man City’s of this world?"

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently outlined who he sees as his side's main threats next term, and omitted Spurs from his list.

This, says Redknapp, is no real surprise: "Fergie didn't mention us. He stuck Liverpool in there this year and probably with what they have brought in, it's looking that way."

There is, however, a long way to go in terms of transfer dealings this summer, and White Hart Lane will no doubt be a hub of activity come the final day of the window on August 31.

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