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Tottenham unsure of Bellamy deal

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy is three short of reaching 100 league goals

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he faces a battle to sign West Ham's Craig Bellamy after revealing he has made a bid for the striker.

Redknapp has only three senior strikers available and is keen to bolster his options in the January transfer window.

Spurs made a bid of about 6m for the 29-year-old, but could now look at other targets.

"I think there are teams interested in Bellamy, we'll have to wait and see on that one," he told Sky Sports News.

On succeeding Juande Ramos as Spurs manager, Redknapp inherited a squad that included only Darren Bent, Manchester United loanee Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is cup tied in Europe, as senior strikers.

And with Tottenham just one point above the relegation places going into the Boxing Day fixtures, Redknapp is keen to bring in a proven goalscorer to increase competition for places.

"I'm only looking at one or two players," he added.

"We're looking at strikers because you need four, what with the competitions we are in.

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"Strikers are so important to a team because they are more than likely going to be the players that will win you matches," he added in the programme notes for Saturday's Premier League match against Fulham.

"However, I have said all along that if the players I want are not available then we will not do anything."

Wales international Bellamy has only scored twice for the Hammers this season, but he is also reported to be attracting interest from Manchester City.

West Ham are said to be holding out for a transfer fee of as much of the 7.5m they paid to Liverpool for Bellamy in July 2007.

However, Redknapp said the uncertain economic climate could force a number of British clubs to temporarily offload players in an effort to cut their spiralling wage costs, raising Tottenham's hopes of bringing in players on loan.

"With the current situation they will look to get players off their wage bill," said the 61-year-old.

"I've discussed it with the chairman but we haven't actually made a bid for anybody.

"But I'm not going to load us up with players that aren't better than we've got."

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