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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to let players leave before building squad
Published : 06 May 2009 10:02:50
Fringe players are likely to be the first to leave; Adel Taarabt admitted yesterday, after returning from a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers, that he is likely to depart and now defender Dorian Dervite could be on his way in the summer. Dervite, who has been on loan at Southend, is being linked with a move away at the end of the season and Redknapp added: "Possibly it is a case where we have to sell before we can buy. Related ArticlesPorto defender claims Spurs interestTaarabt to leave TottenhamTottenham 1 West Bromwich 0Aston Villa set the benchmark for Harry Redknapps TottenhamAdel Taarabt returns to Tottenham from QPR loan needing knee surgery"We will have to shift around a bit if we want to bring anyone in. We spent money in January but I think we are a couple of players away from getting a team to push the top four." Spurs can still finish seventh but Redknapp has identified Goodison Park as the place where his team could step closer to the Europa League. Spurs are a point off the valuable seventh spot which would guarantee Europe, but their run in includes only one more home game - against Manchester City, in the middle of away games at Everton and Liverpool. Indeed, one point separates four teams chasing that seventh place with West Ham on 48 points and Manchester City, Fulham and Spurs all on just one point less. "We'll keep going," said Redknapp. "The teams around us all won again (at the weekend), West Ham had a great result at Stoke, they'll have a great chance now with two home games left. "Fulham lost at Chelsea but are right in the mix, City as well, it's tight. We'll have to win away and we've two tough away games in Everton and Liverpool, plus City at home. "A top-half finish is more than we could have hoped for earlier in the season. Look at our points tally now and it's been a terrific achievement by the players."