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Redknapp still chasing Huntelaar, Vieira

sports Updated: Jul 30, 2009 18:23 IST

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp said on Thursday he was still keen to sign Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira.

If Huntelaar was available Redknapp said he would be interested in having him at Spurs to keep his other star strikers, including new signing Peter Crouch, on their toes.

"Huntelaar is not definitely a no-go. It's still a possibility. It just depends what happens," he said here where Spurs are playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

"His goal scoring record is incredible. And if he's available, then he interests me."

London rivals Arsenal are also reported to be after the 25-year-old Dutchman but Redknapp said he would not hesitate to snap him up.

"I'm looking around for a striker. We're looking for a push this year, so I am looking to improve the squad. I have brought Peter Crouch in. I will not hesitate to add to the squad if the right player became available," he said.

Redknapp added that he was not worried about upsetting his other forwards -- Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Crouch.

"It's their job to keep me and the fans happy. It's what they're paid to do," he said.

"It's a good thing to have a competitive dressing room. I am not worried about making my strikers unhappy. They have to fight to play."

Redknapp, meanwhile, showed surprise when told Arsenal had reportedly made an approach for Vieira.

"Is that true? That is surprising. That's the first I have heard about it," he said, reiterating that he wanted to sign the former Gunners legend and had held talks with his representatives.

"He'll be a good player for whichever team he signs for," he added.

When asked if he would be disappointed if Vieira went to Arsenal, Redknapp laughed.

"He belonged to Arsenal, he was a fantastic player. I am sure if the opportunity came to go back to the club, then he'll probably take it," he said.

"But I don't know. I have not spoken to anyone about this. It could be a rumour. We don't know."

Redknapp joked with reporters about the on-off departure of Darren Bent to Sunderland after the player left the Spurs squad minutes before the team's plane took off for Beijing on Monday.

"I don't know where Bent is at. He was still talking to Sunderland as far as I know," he said, adding that he believed the deal had been done.

"But when I went to bed last night, which was about 5.30pm English time, I still didn't know."