Sherwood: Spurs want JD to stay

Tottenham first-team coach Tim Sherwood insists the club wants

to keep Jermain Defoe and doubts they could afford to sign Didier

Drogba.

Spurs have been linked with a move for the Chelsea striker,

whose arrival at White Hart Lane would doubtless add to Defoe’s

frustration at his lack of opportunities this season.

But Sherwood believes it would be a mistake to let Defoe leave

and, although the Tottenham staff are big fans of Drogba, he is not

convinced the Ivory Coast star’s wages would be within the club’s

budget.

“We know what quality he possesses, Didier Drogba,” said

Sherwood during a tour of the Heritage Museum of Vauxhall, who are

official England sponsors.

“Whether the finances are going to be available for us to

achieve that remains to be seen.

“It’ll be a hefty lot of money for a player of his quality.”

England striker Defoe this week hinted he may have to quit Spurs

if he continues to play a limited role.

But Sherwood added: “It’s hard enough to go and sign a player

like Jermain Defoe, so you don’t want to let him walk out your door

readily.

“He obviously hasn’t played as much as he would’ve liked but

that’s due to having a big squad.”

Whether it is Drogba or someone else, Defoe appears certain to

face further competition for his place up front next season, with

Tottenham well known to be in the hunt for a striker.

It could be manager Harry Redknapp unearths another bargain in

the Rafael van der Vaart mould.

And Sherwood, who has been scouring Europe for players to bring

to White Hart Lane, said: “We’re not alone when we’re looking out

for them, though.

“It’s going to be a bunfight.

“There aren’t any teams who can compete with the financial

muscle of the Chelseas and Man Citys – and there’s no shame in

admitting that.

“It’s very difficult to find anyone better than we’ve got

without spending a zillion pounds.”

Heurelho Gomes’ increasing catalogue of gaffes would appear to

make a goalkeeper another priority but Sherwood said: “He’s

probably one of the top three goalkeepers in the country.

“If you look at the world-class saves that he makes, I’m sure

they outweigh the blunders.”

Redknapp has already confirmed there will be a clearout at the

club this summer and injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate

looks certain to be among the departures.

Sherwood said: “He seems to be fit at the moment. I’ve seen him

training the last few days, so not sure what the future holds for

Jonathan.”

This season has seen Tottenham miss out on a second successive

Champions League campaign but Sherwood insisted there was no shame

in finishing fifth.

“To reach the Champions League last year was a magnificent

achievement,” he said.

“It was like swimming the channel backwards in my opinion.

“Lots of clubs have invested heavily in trying to get the edge

and unfortunately we’ve come up short.

“Fifth and the Europa League is not the end of the world.

“Hopefully, next year we can get to the promised land

again.”

Redknapp has already questioned the benefit of the Europa League

and Sherwood revealed the Spurs boss was planning to field a team

of youngsters in the tournament.

“I don’t think it’s an ideal competition for a team who have got

aspirations of playing Champions League football next season,” he

said.

“But it’s a great opportunity to look at what we’ve got in

reserve and I honestly believe that we have the players to step up

and play.

“Liverpool have done it and they’ve got a good few players

coming through and playing Premier League football at the end of

the season.”