Harry eyes 'special' signing

Tottenham boss wants quality rather than quantity

Redknapp: Looking for quality

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Harry Redknapp has declared that he would be satisfied with his transfer business this summer if just one player arrives who could lift Tottenham to the next level.

Spurs sealed qualification to the UEFA Champions League in midweek to cap a stunning season and Redknapp is happy with his squad.

He feels he has healthy competition in all areas of the pitch and does not need to bring in too many new players this summer.

But the Tottenham manager hopes there will be fewer injury problems to contend with next term and is keeping his fingers crossed that Jonathan Woodgate can soon overcome a groin complaint.

Redknapp nevertheless recognises that Spurs have to build on their success and he is prepared to spend big money on a 'special' signing.


"It's difficult to improve this squad. If Woodgate comes back fit, we've got good options everywhere," he explained.

"I wouldn't lose any sleep if we don't do anything this summer.

"But if we could find a really special player, someone who could take the team to another level like, for example, the way (Fernando) Torres did to Liverpool, then we'll try to do that.

"It might only be one player - one expensive player - but then we might go for it.

"I don't want four or five players - I wouldn't know what to do with them."

Woodgate nightmare

Woodgate's persistent groin problem continues to baffle doctors and he has been forced to travel to Australia in a bid to find a cure.

Redknapp is in regular contact with the centre-back, who has played eight times for England, and has painted a gloomy picture of the life Woodgate is currently leading Down Under.

"He texts me all the time - he has been very low, obviously," Redknapp said.

"He is at a very low point in his life. He is stuck in a little flat somewhere and he goes to the gym all day doing his work trying to recover.

"Can you imagine what his life has been like? He has treatment all day and he is doing recovery work.

"They have kept him out there so we will have to wait and see."

Woodgate had a hernia operation at the end of last season and underwent further surgery in early August.

He has only played three matches this season, the last of which was the 9-1 defeat of Wigan at White Hart Lane on 22nd November.

Redknapp said: "He is a great lad, a top bloke, but his problem is that nobody can get to the bottom of his injury.

"You are better off with a broken leg. Aaron Lennon had the same thing - they said he would be out for two weeks and then suddenly it is five months.

"It takes time and even now he has not played 90 minutes.

"Woody has had a nightmare."