Redknapp hopes to break into Champions League cartel - after steering Spurs to safety

13 February 2009 09:54
Thinking big: Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has revealed his target for next season is a top four finish - after securing Tottenham Hotspur

's place in the Barclays Premier League this time round.

Spurs spent almost £50million during the January transfer window, bringing in Jermain Defoe, Wilson Palacios, Carlo Cudicini, Pascal Chimbonda and Robbie Keane (£16m).

'To be honest I wish we could have had a quiet window,' said Redknapp. 'Ideally as a manager you wouldn't have to do anything in the window because it means things are going well.

'We had won only three games since the Carling Cup final when I arrived and there had to be a reason for this. The previous manager wasn't a fool because he's now the manager of Real Madrid.

'Something needed doing somewhere and that's why I had to improve the squad. We were lacking certain ingredients and I've done the best I can.'

Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman wants Champions League football after the club's continued outlay in the transfer market.

Redknapp, who succeeded Juande Ramos four months ago, is confident he can meet this challenge. He said: "Without doubt I'm sure I can build a team that will be pushing for a place in the top four.

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Source: Daily_Mail