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'Harry Hotspur' vents his defensive woes...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admitted today that the list of injuries currently plaguing his back line is forcing him to scour the market for a centre-half.

The 62-year-old gaffer had previously said that defenders were not a priority, but injuries to key players have forced him to think again.

Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King are all currently nursing their own respective injuries - causing Redknapp to drastically alter his original plans.

"We weren't thinking of buying anyone in defence but this problem has come up all of a sudden and it leaves us short," Sky Sports quote the Spurs boss as saying.

"Suddenly your priorities change and you think maybe we'll have to do something about getting a centre-half in for the start of the season because we have no central defenders."

The acquisition and integration of a new centre-back puts a serious spanner in the works as the London-born manager looks to improve on last season's eighth place finish in the Premier League.

Stephen Crawford, Goal.com

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