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Redknapp puts title charge down to greater belief

Victory over Everton tonight would result in Tottenham Hotspur drawing level on points with Manchester United, in second place and provide more "belief" that has made all the difference to this season, according to manager Harry Redknapp.

Belief and the addition of "one or two" players last August.

The arrival of Scott Parker -- a "no brainer" Redknapp says -- and the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, along with holding on to Luka Modric, has transformed this Spurs side into tempting outside bets for the title.

Although the manager is well aware of the dangerous assumption that they are almost shoo-ins for the Champions League.

Still, a win tonight, their game in hand after the postponement of the fixture on the opening day of the season due to the London riots, and Spurs' advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal will swell to a daunting nine points with 18 games to go.

It really would be time to believe then. There is also now a debate at the club as to whether another "one or two" signings this month might not only cement that top-four finish, but place further pressure on United and league leaders Manchester City, with both clubs facing their own personnel problems.

"They know that we are there or thereabouts," Redknapp acknowledged. "Fergie will look at it and say, 'they are going well'. It will be difficult for us to finish above them or Man City. But you just never know."

It may well have been a statement he has run past Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. The Tottenham manager confirmed his interest in Marseille striker Loic Remy, a right-sided forward, while reiterating that he is monitoring Bolton defender Gary Cahill, who is in talks with Chelsea, and Blackburn's Christopher Samba.

Of Remy, he said: "It depends how much he is although we are not close to doing anything."

Cash plus Roman Pavyluchenko has been mooted in France.

Of Samba, he stated: "You can see QPR going for Samba now, but if Tottenham wanted him we would have a big chance. No disrespect to QPR." Of Cahill his response was: "I've tried to sign him so many times and he's not expensive."

"I'm not going to say, 'we're going to win the league', as it's going to be very difficult.

"Would fourth be disappointing? No. It wouldn't be disappointing. If we got Champions League football again we would be delighted here. That is what we really wanted to do this year; anything above would be great." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent