Harry: Summer spending required

Redknapp is currently heading an ambitious project that he hopes

will bring Champions League football to White Hart Lane on a

regular basis. He is also confident that his team can challenge for

the Premier League within the next few years, but stresses that he

needs a couple of top-class additions to his squad to make that

possible. Levy was willing to sanction a marquee signing this

winter and is thought to have made club-record bids for Sergio

Aguero, Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi in January. Tottenham’s

coffers have been boosted considerably since they qualified for the

Champions League last season, but there are fears they will not be

able to sanction such bids if they do not make up the two-point gap

which separates them and fourth-place Manchester City. Redknapp

believes Tottenham would be taking a backward step if Levy fails to

back him this summer, even if they had to settle for taking part in

the Europa League. “There shouldn’t be two transfer scenarios,”

Redknapp said. “If you want to get into the Champions League again

you have to keep improving. “People say ‘If we get in the Champions

League we’ll buy some great players’ but if you don’t buy some

great players you won’t get in the Champions League. That’s how it

works.” There are fears that Europe’s biggest clubs will come in

for Tottenham’s brightest stars if they do not make it into the top

four. Attracting players to play in the Europa League could also be

difficult, but Redknapp denies that is the case. “People will come

here anyway,” Redknapp said ahead of Saturday’s home match against

West Brom. “They’ll see we were in the Champions League last year

and want to get into again. “If you pay them the wages they’ll

come.” One player who will not be joining this summer according to

Redknapp is the newly-crowned Football Writers’ Association player

of the year Scott Parker. Redknapp lodged a bid to sign the

30-year-old last summer but the emergence of Brazil midfielder

Sandro means his interest in Parker has cooled, even though he

could be available on the cheap if West Ham go down. “We liked him

but I don’t think we ever got close to signing him really,”

Redknapp said. “They were asking for £15million and that’s a

lot of money for his age, but we have got plenty of midfielders.”