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Tottenham Plan £16.5m Trio Bid That Could Lead to Top Four Consolidation

Harry Redknapp wants to bring international trio to White Hart Lane.

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Feb. 16, 2010 - Lyon, France - epa02035909 Jean ll Makoun of Olympique Lyon celebrates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their UEFA Champions League round of 16 soccer match in Lyon, France, 16 February 2010.

Harry Redknapp has revealed Spurs could spend as little as £9million by targeting loan deals instead of buying players outright.

The White Hart Lane boss has had a £4million bid for Manchester City marksman Craig Bellamy turned down and a loan move for AC Milan striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar rejected.

But Redknapp remains undeterred and is ready to play the waiting game. He believes he could even get BOTH players on loan with their clubs desperate to offload them.

Redknapp, whose side face Benfica in a pre-season friendly tonight, said: “I can see loans happening. I’ve got three players in mind that would not cost a lot money.

“If we can pull off the deals you are talking about £8million or £9million for three players. Loans would certainly be a real possibility.

“People are going to loan players from all over the world, there will be loads because clubs are struggling to pay the wages. There will be high earners they have to loan out.”

Redknapp is also tracking experienced Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun after seeing his £9million bid for West Ham’s Scott Parker rejected.

Makoun, 27, has two years left on his current contract but the French champions are understood to be keen to sell as long as they can recoup at least half of the £11million they paid for him. (Daily Mirror)

Bargains are indeed out there. Harry Redknapp knows the transfer window game better than most and one imagines he is just chomping at the bit to pick up a big name signing or two. What could become crucial is how they fare in their Champions League qualifier if they get through that potential banana skin and into the group stage proper then the north London side become an even more mouthwatering prospect.

All three players touched upon by this source are viable options who could well offer the White Hart Lane side something extra. Craig Bellamy is in the peak of his career at present and has had two good seasons at Eastlands but doesn’t appear likely to be a first choice starter there next term and would surely jump at the chance of a move to Tottenham, Mancini may opt to cash in on the Welshman rather than accepting a loan bid from a prospective top four rival.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar becomes a more useful option if Redknapp loses either, or indeed both, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko. The AC Milan man is a lethal finisher when he is at his confident best and would fit in well in the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

Jean Makoun is another player who Harry likes the look of. A midfielder who can battle with the best of them and is vastly experienced and helped Lyon to get to the Champions League semi-final last term. If the Spurs boss could snare all three then they will have terrific strength in depth and could be well placed to nab another top four finish. The trio would cost around £16.5m to bring in, given that the deal for the Cameroon international would more likely be a permanent deal and the other two could either be loans or out and out purchases.

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