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Spurs boss says he still wants Van Bommel

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that his side can climb above Arsenal by the end of the season and added that only Manchester United and Chelsea are consistent enough to challenge for the title.

Although Spurs are eight points behind the Gunners, who are currently in second place, Redknapp is insisting that they may surprise their north London rivals.

"I still think it's quite open. Man City are a good side, but it's not impossible, it's not impossible to finish above Arsenal. It's tough, but it's not impossible,” Redknapp said according to the Mirror.

"When everybody's fit, when we get Bale and Modric back, we've got a good team. We're a good team without them, but we are a better team with them, obviously, because they are our strongest players.

"Arsenal and City have done great. I wouldn't and couldn't knock them. I'm just saying of all the teams that are there, if we are going to finish above any of them - out of the four teams - I think it would be one of those two.

"It's going to be hard but if we are going to do it I think it'd likely to be one of those two, rather than Chelsea or United.

"United have had a big January and picked up points. We've had a few draws and it's a bit tougher for us. But 10 points - you can't give them the points."

Redknapp added that the £75 million spent by Chelsea in the January transfer window for Fernando Torres and David Luiz will give the Blues a much needed boost, while United will be encouraged as Wayne Rooney is returning to goal scoring form.

"If Rooney hits form, they will win the league. They're red-hot favourites. But, if I had to pick one team who might have a chance of catching them, I'd have to go with Chelsea, to be honest with you,” he said.

The Spurs boss also spoke of his disappointment in not signing Mark Van Bommel from Bayern Munich, who consequently was bought by AC Milan.

"I could have taken Van Bommel. That was probably a mistake," he added.

"Perhaps I should have taken him looking at it. Van Bommel probably would have been a good player for us as Tom Huddlestone's had a setback.

"Van Bommel was on a free, he signed a five-month contract at AC Milan. He'd have been a good signing. I think maybe I should have done that one. He gives you experience. He's been there, played in the Champions League final last year, and the World Cup final. He is a proper player, for sure. But that was how it goes.

"And Phil Neville from Everton. If we'd bought him he'd have been a good player for us, for sure. But David [Moyes] didn't want to sell him and that sort of dragged on too long.

"Van Bommel could be [an option for the summer] but with Phil, Everton want to keep him and I don't blame them. He's a top professional and he's the captain."

Spurs, who have lost just once at home all season, host Bolton on Saturday.

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