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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he does not regret opting against trying to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez while he was at Ajax.
Spurs were believed to have held a long-term interest in the Uruguayan forward, watching him on a number of occasions while he was plying his trade in Holland. But it was Liverpool who took the plunge to sign him in the January transfer window, while Redknapp opted instead to place a number of unsuccessful bids for other strikers around Europe.
Suarez has been a success story since arriving at Merseyside, scoring four goals for the club already, but Redknapp insists Spurs were right not to sign him – as he would not have fit the club’s system alongside Rafael van der Vaart.
“Suarez has done very well. We looked at him and kept looking at him. We talked about signing him,” Redknapp said. “People felt he couldn’t play as a striker and I had Rafa. People said you can’t play him and Rafa, you’d have two players who want to drop deep, so that was the problem.
“But he played up front on his own the other night at Fulham and was fantastic. He looks a top player.
“There’s no regret that we didn’t go in for him, that’s how it goes. You can’t sign everybody.”
Redknapp believes Suarez and fellow January signing Andy Carroll could be a productive pairing for Kenny Dalglish next season, while he will continue to look for ways to strengthen his own attacking options.
“We had Rafa and if anything we were looking for someone to play up front with Rafa,” he said. “Suarez and Andy Carroll could be a real handful together next season.”
Tottenham face Liverpool on Sunday, in a match that could decide who finishes fifth in the league. Redknapp is determined to win, and help secure Europa League qualification.
“You want to finish as high as you can. I want to go to Liverpool and win,” he said. “It’s important to finish as high as you can and that’s fifth place for us.
“Qualifying for the Europa League would be a double-edged sword, but I still hope we make it.”