Tottenham has to spend big to escape relegation: Woodgate

December 30th, 2008 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 30 (IANS) The Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate feels that the club has to spend big way in the January transfer window to find a way out of trouble. Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich was Spurs’ fourth league match without a win and only their goal difference is keeping them out of the bottom three.

Manager Harry Redknapp knows he still has plenty of work to do despite enjoying immediate success after taking over from Juande Ramos in late October. He has been linked with the likes of Jermain Defoe - the player he signed for Portsmouth from Spurs only 12 months ago - West Ham’s Craig Bellamy and Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing.

Woodgate would welcome all three to White Hart Lane.

“We are in a relegation battle and we have to keep improving. Every team has to buy players,” Redknapp was quoted as saying by the Independent. “If you look at this time last season, Spurs signed players (Woodgate and Alan Hutton) and we must keep on buying.”

“We need as many top-quality players as we can get. Stewart Downing is a Middlesbrough player, so I can’t say much about his future. But he is an England international and anyone who plays for England is a good player.”

Meanwhile, Redknapp is expected to escape a Football Association (FA) charge despite “Mickey Mouse” comment on referee Steve Tanner after the Hawthorns defeat.

The FA has studied Redknapp’s remarks and although the case is viewed as being borderline, it is expected to decide against any charge unless further comments come to light.

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