Tottenham must be bold in transfer market - Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has called on the club to be "bold" in the transfer market his summer to compete near the top of the table.

Spurs are chasing a third-placed finish and Champions League spot going into the final game of the season.

Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 live: "We're a good side. If we're bold in the summer, we can build a team again that can be right there again next year.

"The league is changing and a top-four position is very difficult to achieve."

Spurs, who are one point behind third-placed Arsenal, will be guaranteed a place in Europe's premier cup competition if they overhaul the Gunners.

A fourth-placed finish will only be enough if Chelsea lose their Champions League final to Bayern Munich - and they could yet finish outside the top four if they fail to win and Newcastle pick up three points.

Final day permutations

  • Spurs will be guaranteed at least fourth if they beat Fulham
  • They will finish third if they win and Arsenal fail to beat West Brom
  • A draw would be enough for third if Arsenal lose by two goals and Newcastle do not beat Everton
  • They could finish outside the top four if they do not win and Newcastle do

Redknapp, the 65-year-old former Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss, has spent much of the season in the headlines.

He was cleared of tax evasion in February and then heavily tipped to get the England job, a time during which Spurs' form dipped and they almost fell out of the Champions League running.

He said: "I'll be glad when next week is over. It's been a long old season. I just want to get in the Champions League and have a break and get away for a few days.

"It has been a hard year for me personally. What I went through with the court case was the most difficult thing I've ever faced in my life.

"It definitely takes a strain on you. I do tend to get on with things but there's no doubt it has an effect."

But he says it was a relief to not be offered the England job, which went to West Brom manager Roy Hodgson.

"It was no hassle to me at all," he said. "It never really bothered me. When I heard that Roy had got the job on Sunday night, I went out after the game. I didn't go out feeling 'oh my God'. I woke up the next morning and I was quite relieved in a way that I didn't have a decision to make."