Sherwood: Spurs want JD to stay

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.”