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Redknapp's right to aim for the title, says former Spurs defender

PUBLISHED: 16:45 25 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:06 07 September 2010

31 Jul 1999:  Justin Edinburgh of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match against Wolverhampton Wanderers played at Molineux in Wolverhampton, England.  The match finished in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths /Allsport

31 Jul 1999: Justin Edinburgh of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match against Wolverhampton Wanderers played at Molineux in Wolverhampton, England. The match finished in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths /Allsport

FORMER Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh believes that Harry Redknapp is right to be aiming high and talking up Tottenham's title hopes this season. Edinburgh, who made 278 appearances in a decade at Spurs...

By Joshua Modaberi

FORMER Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh believes that Harry Redknapp is right to be aiming high and talking up Tottenham's title hopes this season.

Edinburgh, who made 278 appearances in a decade at Spurs between 1990 and 2000, feels that the club have nothing to lose by shooting for the top, and he believes that this could be the season when the Lilywhites overtake their north London rivals.

"Tottenham had a fantastic season last season and I'm pretty sure they will be able to maintain that this year," said Edinburgh, who now manages Rushden & Diamonds. "I think it will certainly be possible to leapfrog Arsenal in the league.

"It would be a great achievement down at White Hart Lane and would be another step in the right direction.

"In terms of the league title, anything is possible. We all have aspirations at whatever level you are at as a manager to go out and win the league. We know if we are realistic it's not achievable, but you have got to set out to win it - if you are setting out to be fourth or fifth then you might only end up sixth or seventh.

"So I think you have to set out your standards as high as you possibly can, but if we chip in just behind that it will be another great season."

With the transfer window closing next Tuesday night, Edinburgh believes that Redknapp has a strong squad at his disposal.

However, the 40-year-old supports the Tottenham manager's belief that further reinforcements are needed - and the former Lilywhites left-back feels that a striker is a priority.

"Harry has spoken of his desire to add two or three top-class players to the squad and, looking from the outside in, the present squad they have looks good," said Edinburgh.

"I think another striker will be vital to add some extra competition, there have been endless rumours about [Roman] Pavlyuchenko wanting to leave the club, so I would guess Harry would look to try and strengthen there, and another midfield player."

You can hear the full interview with Justin Edinburgh at http://www.worldsport.podbean.com/

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