Redknapp fearing January player exodus

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Harry Redknapp admits he's fearing a player exodus at Tottenham Hotspur when the January transfer window opens.

Spurs have been in fantastic Barclays Premier League form of late, moving to third in the table on the back of a ten-game unbeaten run in the league.

With a large squad at his disposal at White Hart Lane, Redknapp has been able to rotate his players in different competitions this term, but he's well aware that they all want first team action on a regular basis and could be looking elsewhere.

"It's difficult because the players want to play. You won't keep them happy [if they're not]. You just hope you can convince them [to stay]," he said ahead of Wednesday night's Europa League tie against PAOK.

"You want to keep them happy and onside. We need them. We're going to need a big squad and unless you can get a replacement, you can't afford to let people go.

"We need that strength in depth, especially if we stay in the Europa League."

Tomorrow night's clash has become crucial to Spurs' progression in the competition following the 1-0 defeat to Rubin Kazan a fortnight ago.

Redknapp was in hospital after minor heart surgery at the time, but he will be back on the touchline urging his much-changed side to go for victory against their Greek opponents.

"It is a must-win game. We are a point behind PAOK. You can see Rubin beating Shamrock, so we need to win," he added.

"We don't want to go to the last game because Rubin could rest players for the last game and they will have already qualified.

"But that doesn't change what team I'd put out. I'd have made 11 changes to the team but Pavlyuchenko tweaked his knee (on Monday) quite badly, so Jermain Defoe might have to play."

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