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Tottenham Set to Miss Out On £38m World Cup Pair: Redknapp Fails to Secure Forlan or Pienaar

White Hart Lane boss misses out on two internationals but in the end does he need either?

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Harry Redknapp is a long-standing admirer of the Atletico Madrid striker and has enjoyed his performances in South Africa.

The 31-year-old scored twice in a man-of-the-match performance as Uruguay beat South Africa 3-0 and looks set to feature in the knockout stages of the tournament.
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According to the Sunday Mirror, Redknapp now believes Forlan could be a key player for Spurs in next season’s Champions League.
The White Hart Lane board are usually reluctant to pay big transfer fees or salaries for older players, but Redknapp will ask them to make an exception in the case of the ex-Manchester United forward.
Atletico Madrid are believed to value Forlan at £12 million after he was a key player in their Europa League triumph, but Spurs will look to pay considerably less than that. (The Metro)

Everton are keen to keep hold of Steven Pienaar even though the player has just a year left on his contract. Tottenham Hotspur lead a long list of names after the South African, after it was believed manager David Moyes would sell the player this summer to stop him going for free next year when his contract expires. In a report by the Sunday Mirror yesterday, Pienaar would become the highest paid player at the club if he chooses to accept the new deal offered by Moyes. (A Different League)

Now there is a school of thought that suggests that even though we all know that Harry Redknapp loves to spend money on new players he actually probably doesn’t really need to. The squad he has at White Hart Lane is perhaps the strongest ever. There are quality players in every position and with one or two areas a top notch replacement to turn to if needed.

That hasn’t stopped Redknapp from trying to sign all and sundry, well that is if you believe all you read, but he appears to have missed out on these two. Strikers could be needed at Spurs, but only if the club loses both Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko, if they lose just one of the pair they can probably afford to bring in decent cover without having to break the bank.

As for Pienaar, well given the success of wingers Aaron Lennon and the reborn Gareth Bale, playing further up the field, do Tottenham need him? Given that the club also have Luka Modric who able to play out wide as well as David Bentley, another player seemingly back to, or very near, his best.

What would be very handy however is if the club can secure Eidur Gudjohnsen on a permanent basis, the adaptable Icelandic would be an ideal man to turn to if needed. Vastly experienced and damned talented.


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