Spurs beef up squad

GOALGETTER: England striker Jermain Defoe has rejoined Tottenham Spurs from Portsmouth. 19/01/2008. Pic. Shaun Botterill.  © Getty Images.
GOALGETTER: England striker Jermain Defoe has rejoined Tottenham Spurs from Portsmouth. 19/01/2008. Pic. Shaun Botterill. © Getty Images.

LONDON - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes he needs to add three or four players to his "badly balanced" squad during the January transfer window.

LONDON - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes he needs to add three or four players to his "badly balanced" squad during the January transfer window.

Redknapp said the playing staff he inherited from previous boss Juande Ramos lacks depth in key areas.

"We need a certain type here. We've got an awful lot of good little players but we need more strength and a bit more power in the team," the former Portsmouth manager said.

"It is a badly balanced put together squad, in all honesty, from day one."

Redknapp was speaking after Tottenham's 4-1 Carling Cup semifinal, first leg home win over Burnley.

England striker Jermain Defoe, who has rejoined Spurs from Portsmouth, renewing his relationship with his former manager, was paraded on the pitch before kickoff.

Redknapp took over from Ramos in October and maintains he has his work cut out building a side capable of competing in the Premier League.

"We have not really got a squad. If you look at my team tonight, that was the best I have available," he added.

"We have not got any strength in depth or cover - if Gareth Bale gets a knock there is no one else to play at left-back."

Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah is on trial at Tottenham and could be one of several fresh faces arriving during the transfer window.

Redknapp said: "I would like to get another three or four decent players in. I think we need to."

Spurs were 1-0 down to Burnley at half time but fought back to win comfortably.

Redknapp was delighted with his team's second-half display but conceded: "We are naive. I look at us at times and some of the young players do things where a bit of know-how is missing."

l Middlesbrough have insisted that they will not sell Stewart Downing or any other senior player during the January transfer window.

The Premier League club has denied receiving a third bid from Tottenham for want-away winger Downing.

And chief executive Keith Lamb has stated the club will not respond to any more speculation. - BBC

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