Safety first for Redknapp's Spurs

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits battling in potentially the tightest Premier League relegation battle takes priority over Thursday night's UEFA Cup clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

Spurs have seven points from three games since Redknapp was appointed - but they are still bottom of the table and face a tough trip to Manchester City at the weekend.

"I would love to get to a cup final again, but getting Tottenham up the league to a respectable position is key as well," he said. "We've got a lot on our plate."

Redknapp added: "Every game is big for us now, the league games especially coming up. It's so tight, there are 14 teams in a position where they will be looking over their shoulder worried at what is coming.

"I've never seen a tighter league and it may take more points than normal to stay up."

With the trip to City in mind, Ledley King will be rested and Jermaine Jenas may sit the Dinamo game out with his toe injury.

Jamie O'Hara, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka will also be fresh for the weekend as they are unavailable to face the Croatia league leaders.

Youngster John Bostock is expected to be on the bench as the players frozen out by former boss Juande Ramos - Paul Stalteri, Hossam Ghaly, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adel Taarabt and Ricardo Rocha - were not registered to play in Europe.

"I'd love to get him (Bostock) on the pitch," Redknapp said. "He's only 16, a kid with terrific talent and a lovely left foot."

Bostock was controversially signed in the summer in a deal that could cost more than £2million, leaving Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan furious. The 16-year-old has been billed as one of the brightest prospects in England.

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John Bostock
Tottenham Hotspur
Vedran Corluka
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Ledley King
Manchester City
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Hossam Ghaly
Jermaine Jenas
Ricardo Rocha
Paul Stalteri
Crystal Palace
Adel Taarabt
Jamie O'Hara

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