Harry Redknapp has admitted that Spurs owner Daniel Levy tried, and failed, to sign former Manchester United striker Guiseppe Rossi with a deadline-busting £35m bid.
Rossi was among a host of targets which included Sergio Aguerro and Rossi’s fellow former United star Diego Forlan.
According to The Press Association, Redknapp refused to rule out the prospect of trying for another marquee signing in the summer, but admitted: “It’s hard to get top players unless you pay top money. You couldn’t get Rossi because Villarreal don’t want to sell you him.
“The chairman would have bought someone for £30million though, for sure. He wanted to bring someone in. There was no doubt that he wanted to do it. He wanted to get somebody in and if Daniel and Joe Lewis can find the right people they will have a go again.”
Luka Modric has been ruled out of action for around 10 days after undergoing surgery due to a bout of appendicitis, according to Goal.com.
The surgery means Modric will likely miss the games against Blackburn and Bolton on Wednesday and Saturday respectively. He will also be absent for his nation’s friendly against the Czech Republic a week on Wednesday.
Following Spurs’ FA Cup exit due to their disappointing 4-0 loss at Fulham on Sunday, coupled with Redknapp’s failure to land a top striker in January, the Croatian international’s absence is likely to be considered a major blow, particularly at one of the pivotal points of the season.
Woodgate could start.
Harry Redknapp could be taking “a massive gamble” by recalling Jonathan Woodgate for tonight’s trip to Ewood Park.
The last time the former England defender featured was in Spurs’ 9-1 win against Wigan in November 2009, but he returned for a reserves’ game in a 9-2 win over QPR in January.
Despite Redknapp’s caution, he remains confident Woodgate can step up to the plate. According to The Independent, he said: “He could start. I have got him in my mind to throw him in at the deep end. He’s not played a game of any note but he’s in my mind because he’s such a fantastic player.
“I’m dreaming that he can come in and be somewhere near what he was straight away, which is not easy. We have some key, very important, players missing so we have been pushed into pushing Woodgate in way in advance of what we should be.”