Redknapp pleased with Pletikosa loan

Redknapp had said before the season started that he would prefer to

have three goalkeepers challenging for a first-team spot.

First-choice stopper Heurelho Gomes missed Saturday’s 1-0 Premier

League defeat to Wigan because of injury, while Carlo Cudicini was

at fault for Hugo Rodallega’s winner. Pletikosa, 31, has won 80

caps for Croatia and appeared in the World Cup finals of 2002 and

2006 and the 2008 European Championships. He also lifted two

Croatian Cups during more than 172 appearances for hometown club

Hajduk Split and scored six goals from the penalty spot. His

performances during the 2001-02 campaign earned him the Croatian

Player of the Year accolade. Pletikosa moved to Spartak in 2007,

following four years with Shakhtar Donetsk, and appeared against

Tottenham in the UEFA Cup group match in December 2008 at White

Hart Lane. Redknapp, meanwhile, does not expect to complete any

more business but could allow some players to leave on loan. He was

expected to bolster his squad to cope with the demands of

participating in the Champions League and the Premier League, and

he has been repeatedly linked with West Ham star Scott Parker and

Everton’s Steven Pienaar. But the Tottenham boss, who arrived at

his club’s Chigwell training ground on Tuesday to watch a practice

match, thinks that he and chairman Daniel Levy will be quiet before

the day’s 6pm deadline. Regarding Pienaar, Redknapp told Sky Sports

News: “There is nothing in that, I don’t think. I thought it was

April Fools’ Day with some of the players we have been linked with

today. “I don’t think we need to be doing anything. I will be very

surprised if anything happens.” He added: “At the moment I really

don’t think we are anywhere near doing any deals today.” However,

allowing players to leave White Hart Lane on loan has not been

ruled out, with Jermaine Jenas being linked with a move to Stoke

and Robbie Keane a target of West Ham and Besiktas. “Maybe (there

will be) one or two loans going out,” said Redknapp. “We have got a

practice match this morning. I am just going to watch that and I

think it will be a quiet day.”